The Society of Flight Test Engineers 



Tom Morgenfeld
Dancing with the Lockheed Stars
YF-22A First Flight 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Petroleum Club
Fort Worth, TX


29 September 1990 was the first flight of the YF-22A prototype. In honor of this event, please join Tom as he presents his lifelong fascination with and admiration for Lockheed airplanes. The presentation parallels the evolution of Lockheed airplanes with the development of his career as a Lockheed test pilot. It is filled with many personal memories of his flight test experiences such as flying the YF-22A.

Tom Morgenfeld, a 1965 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was designated a Naval Aviator in 1967. He had two fleet tours flying the F-8 Crusader where he flew 90 combat missions and amassed over 500 carrier landings. Between those tours he attended the United States Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MS degree in aeronautical engineering. In 1975 he attended the Empire Test Pilots’ School in England, winning the McKenna Trophy as top student in his class. In 1976 Tom was ordered to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron FOUR where he participated in several classified test programs in addition to serving as the F-18 Project Pilot. In 1979 Tom went onto USAF exchange duty with the 4477th Test and Evaluation Flight where he was responsible for all USN involvement with the then top secret flying of MiG airplanes for exploitation purposes. At the end of that tour, he left active duty but went on to complete a 26-year naval career. His final billet was as commander of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake reserve unit.

Tom joined Lockheed’s Skunk Works in December 1979. He was first assigned to the F-117 program and went on to fly almost 1300 hours in developing that aircraft. In 1989 he went to the Advanced Tactical Fighter program where he was primarily responsible for flying the second YF-22A prototype. After Lockheed won that competition, Tom was named Chief Test Pilot for the YF-22A follow-on test program. In 1991 he was named Chief Test Pilot for the Skunk Works and in 1999 was promoted to Director of Flight Operations as well. Tom was the Chief Test Pilot on the Joint Strike Fighter program where he performed the first flight on the X-35 and tested all three versions of the airplane. He served as an Engineering Technical Fellow of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. until his retirement in 2004. Tom then worked over three years as a Test Pilot Instructor at the National Test Pilot School and is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees at that school. Over the years he has accumulated over 7,000 hours in more than 80 different aircraft.

Mr. Morgenfeld has received SETP’s Iven C. Kincheloe Award for excellence in flight testing, is a member of two Collier Trophy winning teams, and has been inducted into both the Aerospace Walk of Honor and the Golden Eagles.




Tom Morgenfeld
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

6:30pm, Dinner 7:00pm
$40 Members - $50 Non-Members
$25 Student/Spouse
Dress Code: Coat & Tie, semi-formal

Cash Bar
Texas Bibb Salad, Rolls, and Beverage
1. Stuffed Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Spinach with Light Sherry Sauce

2. Norwegian Salmon with Red Snapper Mousse with Chives in a Flaky Pastry Crust with Ginger Sauce
(water, tea, coffee)

Reserve & Pay

The Petroleum Club of Fort Worth sits atop the landmark 777 Main building
in the heart of downtown Fort Worth.


Three blocks from Bass Hall and two blocks from the Convention Center,
the Petroleum Club is easily accessible to any downtown area.

Petroleum Club of Fort Worth

777 Main Street,  40th Floor
Fort Worth, Texas  76102

Valet parking is available at the corner of 7th and Commerce.
Price: $10-15 depending on how long you stay

777 Main Valet parking Garage
711 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Self-parking is free at parking meters and select garages between 6:00 pm -1:00 am.  The closest parking garage to the Petroleum Club is the 777 Main Parking Garage located behind the Bass Performance Hall at 601 Commerce Street. Access to the Garage entrance is on E. 5th Street after turning from Commerce Street.

From the corner of E 7th Street and Commerce St, walk towards Main Street.  Between Main Street and Commerce Street, there are glass doors on your right.  Take the escalator/elevator to the Concourse (2nd) level.  There will be a bank of elevators that will take you to the 40th floor - Petroleum Club.