1948-2023

Bill Spruce, Bell Chief Flight Test Engineer

William “Bill” McCarty Spruce, Jr., was born in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1948, Spruce attended Irving High School before enrolling in the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966, graduating in 1971 with a BS in Aerospace and Aeronautics Engineering. During his last two years of college, he was chosen for the cooperative education (co-op) program at Bell Helicopter, where he was then hired full time in June 1969 after graduation. He also served in the US Marine Reserves from 1971–1979, as a crew chief on Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters...... Learn more in May/June 2023 issue of Vertiflite magazine, a VFS publication.

William Spruce

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1948-2023

Bill Spruce, Bell Chief Flight Test Engineer

William “Bill” McCarty Spruce, Jr., was born in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1948, Spruce attended Irving High School before enrolling in the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966, graduating in 1971 with a BS in Aerospace and Aeronautics Engineering. During his last two years of college, he was chosen for the cooperative education (co-op) program at Bell Helicopter, where he was then hired full time in June 1969 after graduation. He also served in the US Marine Reserves from 1971–1979, as a crew chief on Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters...... Learn more in May/June 2023 issue of Vertiflite magazine, a VFS publication.

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