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COLONEL HOWARD C. "SCRAPPY" JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 277402

HOWARD "SCRAPPY" JOHNSON A fighter pilot in three wars over three decades, he set a new altitude record in 1958. Photograph signed: "Col/Scrappy/Johnson/Alt. Record/91,246'/1958". B/w, 5x7. In May 1958, HOWARD C.

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HOWARD "SCRAPPY" JOHNSON
A fighter pilot in three wars over three decades, he set a new altitude record in 1958.
Photograph signed: "Col/Scrappy/Johnson/Alt. Record/91,246'/1958". B/w, 5x7. In May 1958, HOWARD C. "SCRAPPY" JOHNSON broke the previous world altitude record by nearly two miles when he piloted the F-104A Starfighter jet aircraft to 91,249 feet (3 feet higher than the number he cites here) on a flight that lasted precisely 27 minutes. He had made six trial runs to 75,000 and 85,000-foot altitudes before lifting off at 9:40 a.m. for the record-breaking flight, which took place over Edwards Air Force Base, California. (The record was broken 1½ years later.) Johnson, a fighter pilot during WWII and the Korean Conflict, later became Director of Operations for the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing in Vietnam. Johnson, who flew over 100 missions over North Vietnam, was a co-founder and the first President of The River Rats (The Red River Valley Pilots Association), an association formed by military pilots to honor their fallen comrades. Fine condition.

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