Five Air Force officers, who shared in breaking nine world speed and altitude records on May 1, 1965, were presented the Distinguished Flying Cross today by Air Force Chief of Staff General John P.
Five Air Force officers, who shared in breaking nine world speed and altitude records on May 1, 1965, were presented the Distinguished Flying Cross today by Air Force Chief of Staff General John P. McConnell.
The nine records, established in two YF-12A prototype interceptors have now been certified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Paris. Final Computation, based on data recorded by National Aeronautics Association observers during the flights, were forwarded to Paris where they were reviewed and certified. The DFCs were presented to Colonel Robert L. Stephens, pilot; Lieutenant Colonel Walter F. Daniel, pilot; Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Andre, Fire Control Officer; major Noel T. Warner, Fire Control Officer; and Major James P. Cooney, Fire Control Officer.
Colonel Stephens and Lieutenant Colonel Andre established a straight course speed record of 2070.101 miles per hour and an absolute sustained altitude record of 80,257.86 feet. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel and Major Cooney flew the interceptor 1,688.889 miles per hour for the speed record around a closed course.
The jet class speed records included a world record of 1,643.041 miles per hour for the 500 kilometre closed course, flown by Lieutenant Colonel Daniel and Major Warner.
Other records were 1,688.889 miles per hour for the 1,000 kilometre closed course with no payload; with 1,000 kilograms payload; and with 2,000 kilograms payload. Two additional jet class records were set automatically when the YF-12A was establishing the world absolute speed and altitude marks.
In addition to the Distinguished Flying Cross, Colonel Stephens and Lieutenant Colonel Andre receives the Thompson Trophy as a noon luncheon today at the Mayflower Hotel. First awarded in 1929, the Thompson Trophy has since been a symbol of supremacy in closed course speed flying.
All five Air Force officers are assigned to the Air Force Flight Centre's YF-12 Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Colonel Stephens serves as director and Lieutenant Colonel Andre as deputy director of the test force.