//Doug Black, NH-04 (GS-15), DAF (Ret)
Doug Black, NH-04 (GS-15), DAF (Ret)

Project Description

Doug Black

Key Specialties

  • Propulsion Systems Development and Integration
  • Propulsion Airworthiness
  • Propulsion System Safety
  • Propulsion System Sustainment

Doug Black

NH-04 Tier 2 (GS-15), Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Doug Black is a nationally recognized propulsion systems and airworthiness expert and former US Air Force (USAF) propulsion systems technical advisor with over 30 years of experience serving in various capacities in the propulsion engineering career field across the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition life cycle. He provided engineering leadership and assistance for propulsion systems in the areas of: technology transition, design, development, acquisition, production, sustainment, and airworthiness of jet engine propulsion systems for almost all USAF aircraft. During his USAF career, Mr. Black partnered extensively with the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps engineering, logistic, and research organizations on a broad range of aircraft, including F-16, F-15, B-1B, B-2, B-52, A-10, T-6, C-130, F-22, F-35 and T-X.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Led the development and integration of several propulsion systems for the USAF and DOD, including the F100, F119, F135 and F136 engines. Efforts involved evaluating technology for integration into the propulsion systems.
  • Developed the F135 propulsion system airworthiness plan in conjunction with the F-35 aircraft.
  • Reviewed and recommended approval for numerous USAF and other countries’ airworthiness efforts that impacted the propulsion systems, including the T-X, KC-46, Joint Stars, Global Hawk, Predator, Reaper, Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) replacement and many others.
  • Co-authored the USAF airworthiness bulletin for propulsion systems (AWB-330).
  • Evaluated failure incidences on propulsion systems and led several mishap investigations from a propulsion viewpoint. Established corrective actions for these mishaps and assisted other investigations to keep the systems flying safely.
  • Developed propulsion sustainment plans for the F119, F135 and the F136 systems. Plan development included designing and getting agreements on the Lead-the-Fleet programs that are instrumental in getting an early look at possible propulsion-related issues ahead of the fleet.

Key Positions

  • Technical Advisor, Propulsion, AFLCMC Engineering Directorate Structures Branch (AFLCMC/EZFP)
  • JSF F135 Airworthiness Lead Engineer, AFLCMC Propulsion Directorate Program Management Branch (AFLCMC/LPAP)
  • JSF F136 Lead Engineer, ASC/WNW
  • F-16 Lead Subsystem/Propulsion Engineer, ASC/YPVF
  • F135-PW-100 Engine Lead Engineer, ASC/LPZ
  • F119-PW-100 Engine Lead Engineer, ASC/LPR


  • MS, Management Science, University of Dayton
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University
  • Air War College
  • Leadership Course, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC)
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)