FourFour Two: Prometheus engineer takes his first test
Posted On July 12, 2021
FourFourFourTwo has learned that Prometheus engineer Alex Bales is taking his first flight test on an aircraft carrier, which is part of the US military’s plans to replace the aging F-35 fleet.
Bales has been part of development of the carrier, the USS Nimitz, for more than 20 years, according to the US Navy.
Bales has worked on both the carrier’s first and second variants, as well as its advanced variants, the Nimitz-class.
Byles last assignment was as an engineering manager on the Nimits USS Gerald R. Ford, which the Navy transferred to the USS Gerald L. Ford in 2021.
He’s currently working as an engineer in the aircraft carrier’s advanced shipyard, according the Navy.
He is currently on call as a flight engineer on the carrier.
He has not taken any flight tests, the Navy said in a statement to FourFourTwelve.
Bale has flown some of the Nimitons first flight tests in the past year, including one last year.
The Nimitz has flown its first test flight in October, when it flew its first mission.
That was the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile cruiser, which Bales worked on before he joined the Nimtiz.
The Nimitz also recently completed the carrier-based Joint Sea-Based Deterrence (JSDS) exercise.
Bews last trip to sea was in July, when he took part in a Nimitz shipyard exercise.
He was recently scheduled to return to sea in August.
He will not be returning to the shipyard this month.
“Due to the ongoing development of Carrier Forward Operations, we cannot provide additional details regarding his upcoming trip to the Carrier Forward Engineering Operations Center,” the Navy wrote in a brief statement to the outlet.
“We look forward to sharing more information when the time is appropriate.”
Bales is an engineering director for the US Air Force’s Advanced Aircraft Systems Program Office.
In October, he was promoted to an executive assistant.