William Bihrle, Jr.


William Bihrle, Jr. was born in New York City on August 10, 1925 to parents of German descent. He attended one of the specialized science high schools in the city before graduating and entering the accelerated engineering program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1942.

At the height of World War II, the engineering programs at the time were administered throughout the year so the students could graduate to support the war effort in three years. Bill graduated in 1945 at the conclusion of the war with his degree in aeronautical engineering and joined the Navy. His naval duties included support of aircraft maintenance where he initially worked on WWII Navy fighters such as the Corsair, and others.


In the beginning...