//David Irwin, NH-04, DAF (Ret)
David Irwin, NH-04, DAF (Ret)

Project Description

David Irwin

Key Specialties

  • Engineering Management
  • Propulsion Systems Development
  • Propulsion Subsystems Development & Integration

David Irwin

NH-04, Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Mr. David Irwin has over 35 years of experience serving in various capacities in the US Air Force (USAF) propulsion engineering career field across the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition life cycle. He provided engineering leadership—including technology transition, design, development, acquisition, production, and sustainment—of USAF jet engine propulsion systems for a broad range of aircraft, including F-16, F-15, B-1B, B-2, B-52, ALCM, A-10, T-6, C-130, YF-22, YF-23, F-22, and F-35. Mr. Irwin is the former director of engineering for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Propulsion Directorate (AFLCMC/LP).

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Led propulsion engineering activities across the entire portfolio of engines in AFLCMC/LP at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and Tinker AFB;  ensured consistent and effective development and implementation of propulsion systems engineering requirements, policies, and Propulsion Center of Excellence (PCOE) best practices.
  • Co-authored MIL-STD-3024, Propulsion System Integrity Program, and Airworthiness Bulletin (AWB-330), Propulsion System Type Certification.
  • Led and supported multiple propulsion systems technology transition/maturation road-mapping efforts, engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) programs, and Component Improvement Program (CIP) efforts across fourth, fifth and sixth generation engines, including F-16/F110, F-22/F119, F-35/F135, and the latest generation XA100 and XA101 adaptive engines.
  • Led YF-22/YF-23/F-22/YF119/F119 engine controls and subsystems advanced technology development, flight clearance, and qualification efforts.

Key Positions

  • Director of Engineering, Propulsion Directorate, AFLCMC/LP
  • Chief Engineer, Development Engines, ASC/LP
  • Development Division Chief, ASC/ACS/PRSS
  • Analysis & Integration Chief, ASC/LPY
  • F-22/F119 Control Systems Lead Engineer, ASC/YF


  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Air War College
  • MIL-HDBK-516 Aircraft Design Airworthiness Certification Course