"The application of his technical brilliance to the design of numerous navigation devices has been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.”
Jerauld George Wright joined the RCAF in Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 1940. He graduated as a navigator and served on operations in England and India with No. 240 Squadron RAF until 1944. In 1945 Wright engaged in the testing and development of aerial navigation and was named head of the Test and Development Establishment of the RCAF at Rockcliffe, Ontario. It was here that Wright also worked on compass problems.
In 1949 his flair for invention was seriously noted at RCAF Headquarters where he designed a family of distance/bearing type computers, the best known being the R-Theta which allows fighter pilots, at the flip of a switch, to tell their course and distance to any selected spot. In all, Wright invented and patented some 30 navigational devices, many of which were accepted for use by military agencies of other nations.
Born: 31 Aug 1917, Liverpool, NS
Awards: DFC, CD