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USC Viterbi Alumni Profile

USC Viterbi Alumni Joseph Bok discusses his company Aero Telemetry, Inc., building model planes for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and how playing football at USC made him a better businessman.

Aero Telemetry Air Force One 747 First Flight Test

Aero Telemetry and Joe Bok recently completed this flyable USAF Air Force One Unmanned Air Vehicle. Big, Beautiful and Powerful. Fast and Agile. Only one in the World. All Electric Powered. Piloted by UAS Master Technician Red Jensen. Flight Crew team members Derek Abramson, Joe Bok and Justin Hall. Flown on November 11, 2017 at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Airplanes of The Aviator

The gigantic scale airplanes of the Hughes XF-11, H1 Racer and Spruce Goose used for the movie The Aviator. Designed and built by Joe Bock and the Aero Telemetry team in less than 3 months, these beautiful scale models were filmed for the flying sequences for the film.

Wright R-3350 Radial Engine Run

This vintage aircraft engine is from a Howard Hughes owned Lockheed Constellation. It was removed from the plane in the 1960's and stored at a museum. This video captures the first start of this 3500HP engine after more than 50 years.

Spruce Goose Flights

Click here to see the video of our Spruce Goose model in flight.

Our beautiful Spruce Goose model airplane flew several times over two days in the Long Beach Harbor. The first test flight took place at 3:08pm on the afternoon of Sunday November 23, 2003.

Spruce Goose Motors

Because of the constaints of not being able to start a gas engine in the water (easily) or being allowed to have anything protruding our of the engine nacelles, it was decided that electric motors would have to power the huge model.