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TEST PILOT JERRY GENTRY HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED REGARDING THE DEATH OF AVIATION PIONEER ROSCOE TURNER

$195.00

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TEST PILOT JERRY GENTRY HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED REGARDING THE DEATH OF AVIATION PIONEER ROSCOE TURNER, “Jerry Gentry”, one page, 7 x 10, 29 December 1970, on personal “Major Jerauld R. Gentry, United States Air Force” letterhead, to Mrs. Roscoe Turner (Donna). In Part: “…I’m sure you are aware of all I owe to Roscoe and how I, like many others, practically worshipped the great guy. No one could ever replace him….” In fine condition.

Jerauld Richard "Jerry" Gentry (May 16, 1935 – March 3, 2003) was a United States Air Force (USAF) test pilot and Vietnam combat veteran. As chief USAF pilot of the Lifting Body Research Program, he helped validate the concept of flying a wingless vehicle back to Earth from space and landing it like an aircraft—an approach used by the Space Shuttle and to a greater degree by vehicles such as the Lockheed Martin X-33 and NASA X-38. Gentry completed thirty lifting body flights including the first flight of the Martin-Marietta X-24 A and the second flight of the Northrop HL-10. He was the only lifting body pilot to fly five different vehicles in the program.

He flew more than 200 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam War. As a Fast Forward Air Controller (FAC), Gentry earned the Silver Star—the United States' third highest military decoration for valor.

Roscoe Turner (September 29, 1895 – June 23, 1970) was a record-breaking American aviator who was a three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy air race, and widely recognized by his flamboyant style and his pet lion named Gilmore.

$195   #10723