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Captain 

Van Huber Shepard

 

Basic Information

Name
Van Huber Shepard
Birth
04 Oct 1924
Sterlington, Ouachita, Louisiana, USA
Death
12 May 1970
Edwards AFB, Kern, California, USA
Time In Service
From: 26 May 1943
To: 1955

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Army Air Forces/USAF
Rank
Captain
Unit(s)
Not Specified
Specialty
grad of USAF Inst of Tech, Wright-Patterson AFB OH (ca1951), test pilot experimental aircraft
Current Status
Retired Military

Service Record

War
World War II
Battle(s)
Not Specified

Honors & Awards

Award(s)
Not Specified

Van Shepard as test pilot

In front of his F-100 fighter. Boeing file photo
williamshepardIV added this on 10 Mar 2021

Career as Pilot

Van accumulated 6827 hrs as a pilot, both for Army Air Forces/USAF and as a test pilot for North American Aviation (later Rockwell) and Aero Spacelines Inc. He flew B-24 Liberator and B-26 Marauder by WW II end. Later, as a test pilot, he flew P-59, P-80, F-84, F-86, F-94, F-100, F-102, N-9M "Flying Wing", A3J, T-39, B-58, XB-70, NAA "Hoverbuggy", and ASI "Guppies", among others. He accumulated 95 hrs in the XB-70 Valkyrie program, setting several aviation records. On 6 June 1966 he achieved Mach 3.05 (exactly 2000 mph), the last Mach3 flight of the program.

williamshepardIV added this on 30 May 2017