Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A.W. "Tony" LeVier 1913-1998
LeVier took America's first jet trainer up for its maiden flight in 1948. A subsequent flight in the T-Bird nearly cost him his life when the canopy tore off and the air blast ripped his helmet from his head. Fortunately, he managed to regain control. Later, the military used this trainer to teach a half-generation of pilots to fly jets. LeVier retired from Lockheed in 1974. He made the first test flight of 20 different aircraft and flew over 240 different types, more than any pilot in history.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wright J65 Turbojet Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); William J. "Pete" Knight (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101 Voodoo Escort Fighter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A-4AR Cockpit Trainer (about 300 feet away); James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk (about 400 feet away); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (about 400 feet away); B-2 Spirit (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmdale.
Also see . . .
1. Tony LeVier. Anthony W. "Tony" LeVier (February 14, 1913 – February 6, 1998) was an air racer and test pilot for the Lockheed Corporation from the 1940s to the 1970s. This Wikipedia article displays many photos of planes tested by LeVier. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. Where legends land and dreams take flight. Anthony Tony LeVier Test Pilot/Dare Devil Enshrined 1978 1912-1998 (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 965 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on March 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.