To his friends and co-workers, David Lazerson was known as “Laze.” Laze was a full-time husband, father and teacher.
Laze had a passion for flying and it was this passion that led him to be one of the top accomplished air show glider pilots. During his stellar engineering career, Laze served as the Deputy for Engineering with the 413th Flight Test Squadron, Electronic Warfare Division at Edwards AFB and Deputy Director for the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, also at Edwards AFB.
David Lazerson with daughters Claryce and Symantha
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David Lazerson preparing for flight



Laze was involved with the acquisition and test of aircraft and systems with the United States Air Force since 1985. He was a graduate of UC Davis with degrees in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering as well as a graduvate of Cal State Fresno with a Master of Engineering Degree. Laze also held a professional engineering license as well as an FAA airframe and power plant mechanic certificate with inspector authorization. He was an accomplished private pilot with over 5300 flight hours spread amongst 75 different aircraft, and was one of only a handful of glider aerobatic pilots in the country. Laze was one of only a few civilian graduates of the USAF Test Pilot School (Distinguished Graduate), Class 90B, where he later served as the Chief of Flight Test Engineer and Navigator training, the Chief Soaring Instructor and Chief C12 pilot.

Laze lost his life tragically in 2004, leaving behind his wife Kelly and their two young daughters, Claryce and Symantha. Out of Dave’s passion for general aviation and his desire to see soaring remain a solid part of a student’s education, the Laze Memorial Soaring Foundation was founded to carry out Dave’s passion. 

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