Air Force test pilot, Major R.L. Johnson, sets speed record in U.S. Air Force North American F-86A airplane number FU-611
Muroc California USA Date:1948, September 15 Duration:5 min 45 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Air Force Test pilot, Major R.L. Johnson, boards North American F-86A armaments test Sabrejet aircraft number FU-611. Ground crew assists the pilot with chute. Pilot puts on the helmet and oxygen mask. Aircraft taxis. Aircraft in level flight -- extends and retracts speed brakes. Plane rolls to its right and dives. Men at monitoring post on the ground. Aircraft performs several low level high speed passes.Plane lands, and Major Johnson hops out of cockpit all the way to ground where he is congratulated by another Air Force major and ground crew personnel. He puts cigarette in his mouth and feels in his flight suit for a lighter. Major Johnson set an official record of 670.981 mph by flying four times over a 1.86-mile course at altitudes below 150 feet.
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