Al Bowers has been an aero engineer with NASA for 35 years. He was an aerodynamicist for 20 years, and has been the Chief of Aerodynamics, Deputy Director of Research, Director of Aero Projects, and is now the Chief Scientist. Al has worked on about 20 aerospace projects, was chief engineer on seven projects, worked on the F-8 Oblique Wing, the 720 Controlled Impact Demonstrator, X-29A Forward Swept Wing, F-18 HARV, the SR-71, and the F-106 Eclipse aero-tow project. Al has 32 reports, two patents, and two NASA medals (Exceptional Service and Exceptional Engineering Achievement). Al also discovered how birds fly without vertical tails which has been used in the Prandtl series of flying wing aircraft.