Jack Armstrong Wright, Patterson AFB, 1954

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  1. Major Armstrong had been a fighter pilot during World War II, flying Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and North American P-51 Mustangs with the 79th Fighter Squadron, based at RAF Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England. On 28 August 1944, his P-51 was shot down by anti-aircraft gunfire while he was attacking a railway locomotive in Germany. Armstrong was captured and held at Stalag Luft I.

    Two days after setting the speed record, Jack Armstrong was attempting to increase it. His Sabre broke up in flight and Major Armstrong was killed.

    The helmet Major Armstrong is wearing in this photograph is on display at the national Museum of the United States Air Force.

    September 9, 2013 at 4:03 am

    • 3 September 1954: At the Dayton Air Show, being held for the first time at the James M. Cox Municipal Airport, Major John L. (“Jack”) Armstrong, U.S. Air Force, flew his North American Aviation F-86H-1-NA Sabre, 52-1998, to a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Speed Record over a 500 kilometer course, averaging 649.461 miles per hour (1,045.206 kilometers per hour).

      September 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

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