Major Richardson (Chief of Physiology Lab) and Yeager with Lockheed NF-104, 1963

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3 responses

  1. cyclic206

    Colonel Yeager is wearing a David Clark Co. A/P22S-2 full-pressure suit.

    November 3, 2013 at 4:55 am

  2. cyclic206

    The officer accompanying Colonel Yeager is Major Ralph N. Richardson, USAF, of the Aviation Physiology Laboratory.

    December 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  3. Timothy Richardson

    That is my Grandpa, Lt Col Ralph Richardson. He helped develop the pressure suit during his service as a test pilot. Afterwards he consulted for David Clarke. He tested the Blackbirds Probably a A-12) and his first flight was 26, May 1966 and is listed as Staff. I have his flight jacket. Michelle Evans, who wrote “The x-15 Rocket Plane” said during a interview that the X-15 patch that is shown on Grandpa’s right shoulder is the only known X-15 patch left. We have a book on the X-15 that was signed by all the pilots and Neil Armstrong said “To Ralph, the man with the worst jokes in aviation history” giving their relationship and how many different things could go wrong during the flights, only jokes can calm a man down. Grandpa died in 2004? from complications of a stroke he had back in the mid 90’s.

    November 30, 2017 at 3:47 am

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