Legendary Test Pilot Barrel-Rolls a Boeing 707
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This is a brief story of Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston, a man who has done some amazing things for aviation. Some of you might already know this age old story, but for those who haven’t, this video will be great.
Born on August 18th, 1914 in Kansas, Tex’s love for aviation started at 11. When a biplane landed near his house in 1925, he said to himself, “yup, that’s it. I’ll become a pilot.” For years later, at the ripe age of 15, he already earned his license and flew solo.
It’s no wonder then that when the United States entered World War II, he became a civilian instructor for the many men who fought during the war, later transferring to the Air Corps Ferrying Command.
After the war ended, there was nothing but flying for Tex. He modified two Airacobras he bought and won the National Air Races in 1946. He also set the world speed record at the same time.
During his career, he tested everything from the B-47 Stratojet to the Bell X-1 rocket. He was also the first person to fly the B-52 Stratofortress.
What he’s know for is his famous 707 flight however. Watch the video and let him tell you about it. It’s pretty impressive.