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Lt. Gen. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, (USAF Retired)

Aerospace Walk of Honor

 
 
Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
1. Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker
Inscription. Jimmy Doolittle played an important role in the development of Air Force research at Edwards AFB. He was one of the founding fathers of Systems Command Air Force Research and Development Command. Through the late 1980's, Doolittle made annual visits to Edwards AFB to check on the development of the Air Force Research programs. 

Doolittle performed important aeronautical research as an Army test pilot. He was the first pilot (1929) to take-off, fly a course and land an aircraft without seeing outside the cockpit; a technique known as "Blind Flying."


One of the earliest fliers to combine engineering ingenuity with skilled piloting technique, Doolittle played a leading role in developing aircraft instruments. He conducted flight research to develop structural theory.
Doolittle set numerous world speed records and flew in the World War II "Raid over Tokyo."


He was named Chairman of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board in 1955 and served on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. 

Doolittle was born in Alameda, California on December 14, 1896. He received his MA (1924) and Ph.D. (1925) in Aeronautical Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He was named an Honorary Fellow by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has been honored
Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
2. Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker
by: Harmon International Trophy (1930), several Distinguished Flying Crosses; and the Aerospace Walk of Honor.
Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who were associated with Edwards AFB. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment.
 
Erected by Lancaster City Council.
 
Location. 34° 41.878′ N, 118° 8.385′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Lancaster Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 608 West Lancaster Boulevard, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Wallace Haise 
 (here, next to this marker); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF 
 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tuskegee Airmen (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Manke
Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
3. Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas C. McMurtry (about 300 feet away); John B. "Jack" McKay (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Aerospace Walk of Honor Emblem Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
4. Aerospace Walk of Honor Emblem
Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Mural Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
5. Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Mural
This mural is right next to the marker.
Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker & Mural Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
6. Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) Marker & Mural
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 344 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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