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    Ken Marlatt holding a picture of a B-19 Bomber.The Aerospace Museum of California draws about 60,000 to 100,000 visitors every year and Ken Marlatt has been the Crew Chief there for six years as of 2011.  Ken was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Santa Monica.  There he would hitch rides to a general aviation airport in Culver City where he washed and cleaned planes on the weekends.  This fed his interest in aircraft.  Ken's mom also influenced him in aviation since she worked for thirty two years as a quality control employee at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Santa Monica.  Ken was discharged from the Air Force as a technical Sergeant with a commendation medal after working on aircraft hydraulics, power systems and landing gear systems on a variety of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force planes.
Ken took pride in the zero defects that his shop registered for maintenance over those years.  After the service, Ken taught at a San Jose vocational school for fourteen years and earned a degree from California State University in San Jose.  Ken then opened his own hydraulics business there, then worked in the cryogenics "Bubble Chamber" at Stanford Research Institute and then taught hydraulics for two years at the San Jose City College.  While in the service, Ken served ten years in the U.S. Navy and then twenty years in the U.S. Air Force.

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