William R. (Bob) Laidlaw, whose half-century-plus aerospace career included roles as combat pilot, researcher, past president of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, engineering executive and founder of two companies, died April 2 from bladder cancer. He was 83 and lived in Nevada City, Calif. Laidlaw received Aviation Week’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Laureates ceremonies. As a high school student in Toronto, Laidlaw “augmented” his age by a year, joined the Royal ...


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