//David Bailey, GS-14, DAF (Ret)
David Bailey, GS-14, DAF (Ret)

Project Description

David Bailey

Key Specialties

  • Military Airworthiness Certification

  • Operational Safety, Suitability, and Effectiveness (OSS&E)

  • Systems Engineering

  • Air Vehicle Subsystems Engineering


David Bailey

GS-14, Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Mr. David Bailey has over 30 years of experience working in air vehicle subsystems, flight systems, and integration engineering, including roles as the F-117 chief integration engineer, Global Hawk lead flight systems engineer, and Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM) lead subsystems engineer. His experience includes a wide range of programs including B-1, B-2, ACM, Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) and B-52. Mr. Bailey served as a technical expert on B-1A, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), F-22, DarkStar and Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (JUCAS) executive independent review teams (EIRTs) and has specialized expertise in MIL-HDBK-516-based military airworthiness certification, supporting both government and industry organizations.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Evaluated the proposed STANAG 4671, Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Systems Airworthiness Requirements (USAR), and compared it with MIL-HDBK-516B, Airworthiness Certification Criteria, to determine how well the Handbook captured the content of the STANAG and identify any additions needed for AFLCMC/EZ (formerly ASC/EN).
  • Led the Global Hawk pre-engineering manufacturing development (EMD) requirements definition, statement of work (SOW) generation and coordination, basis of estimate (BOE) evaluation, and pre-contract negotiation meetings.
  • Developed F-117A follow-on total support systems partnership (TSSP) contract SOW and re-baselined requirements following release of program budget decision (PBD) 720 which retired the fleet.
  • Created and led a fuel leak Tiger Team of Engineering Directorate and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) members that established the root cause of fuel leaks and subsequent surface radar absorbing material (RAM) separation and developed manufacturing improvements for both the prime and dual source contractors to prevent future fuel leaks.

Key Positions

  • Senior Systems Engineer, MacAulay Brown
  • Supervisory Integration Engineer, F-117 Systems Squadron
  • Chief Flight Systems Engineer, F-117 Program
  • Lead Flight Systems Engineer, Global Hawk Program
  • Chief Systems Integration Engineer, Global Hawk Program


  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Penn State