Black History Facts- Lonnie G. Johnson Engineer and Inventor

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Lonnie G. Johnson (1949)

This Black History Month fact is in honor of Lonnie G. Johnson who is a former engineer and inventor most known for his invention of the popular Super Soaker water gun. Yes that super soaker! Johnson was born in Alabama in 1949 and would later earned his master's degree in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, and went on to work for the U.S. Air Force and the NASA space program during the 70's and 80's. Johnson's busy schedule and extensive work included developing the stealth bomber program in the Air Force then working at NASA in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Despite his work load in his spare time he enjoyed pursuing inventions of his own. One of the projects he was working on was heat pump that used water instead of Freon . This ultimately lead to him creating what we now know as the Super Soaker water gun he then quick his job and went into business himself and sold his device to the Larami Corporation. By 1991 he made $200 Million dollars in sales and it annually rank's as a top 20 selling toy world wide.

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