Archer Avi­a­tion has formed a Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Advi­so­ry Board to expand its rela­tion­ship with the US Depart­ment of Defense (DoD) as its Mid­night air­craft pro­gress­es toward com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion, gar­ner­ing inter­est as a result of its per­for­mance spec­i­fi­ca­tions, includ­ing its pay­load of around 1,000 lbs.

The ini­tial appointees to the board are six dec­o­rat­ed mil­i­tary lead­ers: retired 3‑star Gen­er­al David Krumm, retired 3‑star Vice Admi­ral Ron Box­all, retired 2‑star Gen­er­al Clay­ton Hut­mach­er, retired 2‑star Gen­er­al Bill Gayler, retired Gen­er­al Steve Townsend, and retired Chief War­rant Offi­cer Michael Durant.

Archer’s Head of Gov­ern­ment Rela­tions, Dr Michael Romanows­ki, a for­mer 14-year vet­er­an at the Fed­er­al Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion with over 20 years of exec­u­tive lead­er­ship-expe­ri­ence in aero­space who joined Archer last August, will serve as chair­per­son of the board.

Archer Founder and CEO Adam Gold­stein remarked: “The devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of AAM tech­nolo­gies must remain a strate­gic nation­al pri­or­i­ty.”

Retired Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al David Krumm is a trust­ed exec­u­tive leader and wide­ly known as a strate­gic plan­ner with demon­strat­ed suc­cess span­ning over 32 years of mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Retired Vice Admi­ral Ron Box­all is a life­long leader and expert in Navy and joint mil­i­tary capa­bil­i­ties and require­ments. He has com­mand­ed some of our nation’s most advanced deployed mar­itime forces–the USS John C Sten­nis Air­craft Car­ri­er Strike Group as well as two oth­er Aegis war­ships.

Retired Major Gen­er­al Hut­mach­er is cur­rent­ly the Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions War­rior Foun­da­tion. He retired in 2018 from the Unit­ed States Army hav­ing served more than 40 years.

Retired Gen­er­al Bill Gayler cur­rent­ly serves as the Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor to Peo­pleTec Inc, advi­sor to War­rior Per­for­mance Frame­work, inde­pen­dent con­sul­tant, Co-Chair of the Scream­ing Eagle Avi­a­tion Asso­ci­a­tion, and vol­un­teers his time with the Wound­ed War­riors In Action Foun­da­tion.

Retired Gen­er­al Steve Townsend vol­un­teers his time with the Amer­i­can Bat­tle Mon­u­ments Foun­da­tion and sup­ports var­i­ous wound­ed war­rior events. He retired in 2022 hav­ing served over 40 years in uni­form.

Chief War­rant Offi­cer Michael Durant retired in 2001 after com­plet­ing 22 years of active-duty ser­vice. His assign­ments include the 470th Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Group, Fort Clay­ton, Pana­ma, Flight Train­ing and UH60 Black­hawk Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Course at Fort Ruck­er, Alaba­ma, the 377th Med­ical Evac­u­a­tion Com­pa­ny, Seoul Korea and the 101st Avi­a­tion Bn, Fort Camp­bell, Ken­tucky.

In March, Archer con­tin­ued to ramp up its efforts with Mid­night and its mis­sion is to launch com­mer­cial oper­a­tions in 2024, hav­ing com­plet­ed a six-week long wind tun­nel test car­ried out at the RUAG Large Sub­son­ic Wind Tun­nel in Emmen, Switzer­land.