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Subject: Re: Airplane industry Date: 2/18/2013 9:06 PM
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HRX - Heroux-Devtek Inc

Used to make undercarriages for a variety of airplane types. I haven't looked at them for years since they bought some business that wasn't part of their core competency. I think I heard that they received a big contract for undercarriages for F-35s?

My history is fairly short. I joined the army (Infantry) at barely 17 to get out of Marathon Ont. After 5.5 years in the infantry I remustered to aircrew specifically airborne electronic systems operator (the guys that hunt for subs from airplanes). I did almost five years on the old CP107 Argus then was posted to Sea King helicopters for an operational tour flying off the back of destroyers followed by a short tour (two years) in Base Maintenance Test Flight doing post maintenance testing and trying out new equipement. I then went back for a short tour at the closing year of the Argus but instead of moving me into the newer Aurora they sent me back to Sea Kings for another operational tour followed by an instructor tour during which I learned programming on my own. The work I did for the base got me sent to the Naval Officers programming school for intensive training then on to a posting in Germany as a switch action software programmer on the AWACs. After three years NATO hired me as a civilian "Operational Support" programmer where I worked for the next ten years the last six as an analyst programmer. I then moved back to Canada and decided nothing looked interesting so I retired at almost 54. I've done some part time stuff since but gave that up about five years ago.

NATO very kindly paid half the cost of my kids university and they took full advantage (this was the main reason I left the military).

One of my spawn is a diplomat at the Canadian embassy in Washington DC the other is a commercial banker "Originator" specializing in US tech companies.

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