Adam Gaus was an aerospace engineer from 1957 to 1995, working for Airborne Instruments Laboratory (AIL), Cutler-Hammer, Eaton and Telephonics primarily on microwave landing systems (MLS). The MLS ground, shipboard and avionics systems were designed and manufactured, and sold to NASA and Rockwell International for the Space Shuttle, to the US Navy for aircraft carriers and naval bases, to the US Army for helicopter applications, and to the Air Forces of Finland and Sweden for their fighter aircraft. He retired from Telephonics as a Director in 1995, and then worked as an engineering consultant to Reuters, the British news service, for the next 8 years.
After receiving his commission in December 1952, Adam joined the 47th Troop Carrier Sqdn, 313th TCG, 514th TCW at Mitchel AFB on Long Island, flying the C-46, then transitioning to the C-119. The Wing moved to Sewart AFB, Tennessee in October 1953. He was re-assigned to the 1st Pilotless Bomber Squadron at Patrick AFB, Florida, prior to the squadron's move to Bitburg Air Base, Germany in 1954. No C-119s were available at Bitburg, so the squadron used C-47s and L-20s to transport personnel and parts from and to England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Italy, Libya and Egypt. Adam left the Air Force in September 1955 to complete his undergraduate education.
His flying experience after leaving the Air Force was primarily to support MLS flight testing for his company, and flew the Grumman Gulfstream, a civilian B-25, and US Army CH-47 and UH-1 helicopters.
Adam graduated from Syracuse University in 1957 with an electrical engineering degree. He was married to Trudy from 1961 to her death in 2013. They lived on Long Island, about an hour from Manhattan, until Trudy needed a good assisted living facility, and they moved to New Jersey. They have two sons and three grandsons. He was Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County and a member of the board of the Pilgrim Edward Doty Society. He was a board member of the Organization of Residents Associations of New Jersey. Adam now lives in Batavia, NY.