North American Aviation Test Pilots, October 1952


5 responses

  1. Bryan R. Swopes

    The aircraft is an F-86F-20-NH Sabre, so is this group photo taken at the Columbus, Ohio, plant?

    September 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    • Yes, Bryan, it was at the Columbus, Ohio plant. My dad is next to the last on the right.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      • Bryan R. Swopes


        September 14, 2012 at 4:05 am

  2. Cédric

    Impressive group of golden Toptex helmets…

    For sure, they’re test pilots !

    September 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  3. FD Hanson

    Found a newspaper clipping that my dad(2nd from the left in test pilot photo) had saved. “Newest At North American” From “The Columbus Citizen” newspaper.
    The first F-100D Super Sabre off the lines of the North American Aviation plant here is shown in its maiden flight.
    Test pilot Fred Hanson was at the controls of the plane that flies itself electronically to a target at supersonic speeds. (The tail # on the photo is 52720)

    February 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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