Chief Engineer of Cora
Jim Tighe is a Collier Trophy and X-Prize winning engineer. Since joining Kitty Hawk, he has led the development of Cora, as well as earlier prototypes. Jim’s work covers every phase of the design process, from preliminary development to flight test support. But his job is more than just technical. He also works to inspire the team to bring our vision, of the freedom of flight for everyone, to life.
From 2000 to 2015, Jim was the chief aerodynamicist at Scaled Composites. Some of his projects included SpaceShipOne, the award winning commercial space flight program, Firebird, an optionally piloted UAV, TX, a T-38 replacement demonstrator, and SpaceShipTwo.
Jim was with Boeing from 1997 to 2000 with the commercial airplane group. He worked with the stability and control group on the 777-200/300ER programs, helping support wind tunnel tests, simulator development, and numerous analysis tools.