Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lt. Col. R. Edward Yeilding
City of Florence Walk of Honor
After flying more than 90 worldwide reconnaissance missions, in 1990 Lt. Col. Ed Yeilding set a coast to coast aircraft speed record of 67 minutes 54 seconds flying an SR-71 spy plane, which is now at the Smithsonian.
Erected 2007 by City of Florence.
Location. 34° 48.37′ N, 87° 37.885′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Highttower Place south of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located in River Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ronnie Gene Flippo (a few steps from this marker); Frank Perron Achorn (a few steps from this marker); James Thomas Rapier (a few steps from this marker); William Christopher Handy (within shouting distance of this marker); William D. "Buddy" Killen (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Asbury O'Neal, III (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Lee Hentz (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. SR-71 #972 Final Record Flight to Dulles Field, Washington D.C. Lockheed's Ben Rich gives a thumbs up to Col's Ed Yeilding and J.T. Vida on their historic final flight to the Smithsonian. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Alabama Military Collections Association. Preserving History for Future Generations AMCA-News Special Guest: Mr. Ed Yielding(sic) (SR-71 Pilot) (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
1. R. Edward Yeilding
(Text of plaque shown in Photo No. 3) Established United States coast to coast speed record for aircraft, 67 minutes 64 seconds, in Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, cruising Mach 3.3 on March 6, 1990 to deliver aircraft for display at Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center. Born 1949, raised in Florence, Alabama, became Eagle Scout, received engineering degree from Auburn University. As a USAF pilot, maintained combat ready status in RF-4 and F-4E Phantoms for eight years. As SR071 instructor and developmental test pilot, earned four Air Medals flying 93 overseas reconnaissance missions. Flew worldwide special air missions in C-20 aircraft. After 23 years of active duty, became pilot for Northwest Airlines Accumulated more than 13,000 hours of flight time.
— Submitted November 28, 2010.
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