He eventually made some 900 flights at Edwards, flying the F-100, F-104, F-86, the first F4H
Phantom IIs, the F5D, the X-1B, and the X-5.
where lie served as the development project officer for the new McDonnell F4H
The Skyray's brief service with the fleet is covered as the narrative turns to a discussion of a super-Skyray, the F5D Skylancer, Only a few examples were produced before the Navy s entire fighter/light attack lineup switched over to the F3H Demon and F7U Cutlass, and then to the F8U Crusader and F4H
DeEsch, their F4H
Phantom II flew the three-kilometer course at Holloman AFB, N.
He earned a place in the aviation record books in August 1961 by flying an F4H
Phantom II at an average speed of 902 miles per hour, approximately 125 feet above the ground and dipping as low as 50 feet.
Promoted in 1957 to Division Director, he was soon caught up in the 1958 congressionally directed competition between the McDonnell F4H
(F-4) Phantom II and Vought F8U-3 (a new design) Mach 2+ all weather fighters.