Jim Drake Dead: Man Who Created The Windsurfer Dies At 83

07/04/2012 06:13 am ET

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and in his spare time created the Windsurfer, a surfboard with a sail that became synonymous with sailboarding, died June 19 at his home in Pfafftown, N.C. He was 83.

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