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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Stanley Knight

Stanley D. Knight

Tuesday, January 20th, 1948 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Stanley D. Knight, 71, of Ellettsville passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Born, January 20, 1948 in Bluffton, IN; he was the son of the late Grayson and Helen (Newhard) Knight.
Stanley was an Electronics Technician NSWC Crane Division and he worked on a Naval Base in Bahrain for 12 years where he met his wife Marlene.
He was an Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and he was a Commissioner for the Hoosier Trials Council Boys Scouts of America in Bloomington.
Stanley was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who enjoyed photography and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Marlene Francisco Knight, two daughters, Liz Knight, and Rachel Knight of California, three sons, Scott Knight of Oregon, Paul O'Dell, and Eric O'Dell of Oklahoma, one grandson, Damon Knight, and siblings, Greg Knight, Doug Knight, Mark Knight, and Eric Knight all of California, Valerie Bourland of Melbourne, Florida and Clarice Knight of California.
The family will receive friends 9:30-10:30am Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 4607 W. State Road 46, Bloomington, IN 47404.
A Funeral Mass will be 10:30am at St. John with Father Daniel Mahan officiating.
The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
    4607 W. State Road 46
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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 10:30am
    St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
    4607 W. State Road 46
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Robert Rieser

Posted at 12:45am
I was privileged to work with Stan in the 1980s at RAF Mildenhall, England, as part of an elite program providing intelligence supporting Theater and National interests. That program included the establishment of a permanent operating location for the SR-71 Blackbird in the European Theater which became known as Detachment 4 of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The SR-71 was specifically designed as a high-speed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to image individual objectives or entire countries. We flew missions all over Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Key missions included providing the first bomb damage assessments for Operation El Dorado Canyon, providing the U.S. 6th Fleet and Marines in Lebanon with aerial imagery, and monitoring the Soviet North Fleet along the Kola Peninsula. The SR-71 helped to keep the Cold War from becoming a Hot War. Stan was part of the first group of folks who set up the detachment.

While everyone knows how fast and high the SR-71 can fly and often know the names of the flight crews who flew the SR-71 few folks are aware of the sensors the SR-71 carried or the fact that SR-71 could never have flown were it not for the expert personnel in a wide variety of specialties from both the U.S. Air Force and civilian industry.

The SR-71 was equipped with a number of sensors, which could be configured, in different combinations providing tailored intelligence to various customers. One sensor that was flown on virtually every mission was the Technical Objective Camera (TEOC). The SR-71 carried two TEOCs, one mounted on each side of the aircraft. Designed to image from an altitude of over 80,000 feet and look out to 20 miles the TEOCs could cover a 40 mile swath while traveling faster than a speeding bullet at Mach 3. Stan played a key roll as our civilian expert keeping the TEOCs ready for each mission. Stan was the man we could count on to troubleshoot any camera anomalies. Because TEOCs were flown on every mission and we flew multiple missions each week, Stan, just like the rest of us, was kept busy.

Stan would go on to work for other companies supporting the U.S Department of Defense but I know he looked back on his time working with the SR-71 program as one of the great experiences of his aerospace career. Watching the Blackbird take off at sunrise, seeing those afterburners throw out a 30 or 40-foot flame, and listening to the thunderous sound of the Pratt & Whitney J58s was an amazing sight to behold. We saw a lot of activity and did a lot of "good stuff" while working with the SR-71 program.

Stan was top notch. He could be counted on to expend that extra effort to ensure the success of the program. I will miss his sense of humor and his presence. 😢

Pat Chapman

Posted at 09:37pm
I worked with Stan at Crane . He was always in such a good mood. Enjoyed working with him and talking to him. You are all in our prayers. He will be missed.

David Acton

Posted at 09:23am
My name is Dave Acton and I worked at Crane with him. Stan always had a smile on his face and always went out his way for others. He was just a joyous person to know. I know this is a difficult time for you and please know I will keep you in my prayers. With sympathy, Dave

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