REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Doug Shane, president of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Scaled Composites business, was presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) on Sept. 29 in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and engineering achievements in aerospace technology. http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=15327 "Doug has been a force of innovation and leadership in aerospace design and test for over 30 years," said Paul Meyer, vice president and general manager of advanced programs and technology for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "His ability to think outside the box and pull forward revolutionary ideas through test and operation has directly influenced the current and future state of the aerospace industry. We are fortunate to have Doug's leadership on our team." In 1982, Shane was the first engineer hired by Burt Rutan, the legendary aerospace designer and founder of Scaled Composites. He has helped shaped the organization to excel in air vehicle design, tooling and manufacturing, specialty composite structure design, analysis and fabrication, and developmental flight tests of air and space vehicles. In 2008, Shane was appointed president of Scaled Composites.