Dale Ross Stith was born on March 9, 1937 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and graduated from Adamson High School in 1956. In 1984 he acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Science from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Stith’s military experience was with the Air Force Reserve Command (USAFR) and the Texas Air National Guard (TexANG), respectively, during the late1950s, and with the United States Marine Corps as a Military Occupational Specialist (MOS 6611) from 1959 through 1964. He received his Avionics Certificate through the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC). From 1968 to 1970 Stith was a civilian Technical Representative for the Lockheed Missiles & Space Company at Soc Trang Army Airfield in the Republic of Vietnam with secret Department of Defense (DOD) orders for the QT-2PC, Prize Crew Operational Evaluation, and the YO-3A. His responsibilities comprised the QT-2PC’s aircraft electrical and avionics systems. He also took part in the Tet Offensive.
From 1967 until 1975, Dale Ross Stith worked for the Lockheed Corporation (Lockheed Aircraft Service and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company) as an engineer on the P-38L Lightning, Quiet Aircraft, avionics and mission equipment, and the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (LPARL) Power Cell. The following four years, Stith worked as a Remote Site Manager for the Aquila Remotely Piloted Vehicle - Standard Technology Demonstrator (RPV-STD) program. From the late seventies to the mid-eighties, he was the Lead Engineer for the Harris Government Aerospace Division working on Modular Integrated Communications & Navigation System (MICNS), Jam Resistant Secure Communications (JRSC), and Position Location Strike System (PLSS). For more than a decade, Stith worked for Texas Instruments Systems as an Engineer on optoelectronic devices, such as the P101s. From 1990 on Dale Ross Stith was the Engineering Specialist for Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (BHTI) working among other assignments on Combat Scout (CS 406) and the Light Helicopter, Experimental (LHX).
Dale Ross Stith was one of the four founding members of the Quiet Aircraft Association (QAA) incorporated in 2002 as a Non-Profit-Organization in Texas. Ever since, he has acted as the associations' president. He is also actively involved in other organizations such as the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the OV-10 Bronco Association, the Forward Air Controllers Museum, the B-36 Museum Club and the Lone Star Aero Club. He gives presentations and talks and participates in outreach for various entities to educate the public about the Quiet Aircraft Program.