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GENTRY, JERRY HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, USAF TEST PILOT, VIETNAM, ON AVIATION PIONEER ROSCOE TURNER DEATH

$195.00

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TEST PILOT JERRY GENTRY (1935-2003) 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: “As I was making preparations to leave Edwards for a year in Southeast Asia…I’m sure you are aware of all I owe to Roscoe and how I, like many others, practically worshiped the great guy. No one could ever replace him….”, by the 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. 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 and earned the Silver Star--the United States' third highest military decoration for valor. In fine condition.

$195   #10723