Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Colonel Jack L. Ridley
Aerospace Walk of Honor
Ridley was a pioneer of aviation engineering, an innovator, and one of the architects of modern aircraft testing. He logged more than 2,800 flight hours in his short career. He considered himself proficient in the flying of the F-80, F-86, F-84, F-89, B-29, B-45, B-47, B-50, B-25, C-47, T-33 and X-1.
He first served as a test pilot on the B-24 bomber. Ridley served as pilot and project officer on the X-1 project and as pilot and project engineer on the Air Force evaluation of the XB-47. At Edwards Air Force Base, Ridley rose from Chief of the Flight Test Center’s Test Engineering Branch to Chief of the Flight Test Engineering Laboratory. He established the basic testing techniques and philosophy of the Flight Test Center.
He was appointed as one of the original members of the NATO’s Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development. He served on the flight test techniques panel from
Jack Ridley was honored by an audience with Pope Pius in Italy and induction into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame.
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 1996 by Lancaster City Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° 41.904′ N, 118° 8.278′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lancaster Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Located in front of the Sheriff's Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John B. "Jack" McKay (here, next to this marker); Arthur K. "Kit" Murray (here, next to this marker); Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau (here, next to this marker); Colonel Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Thomas C. McMurtry (within shouting John A. Manke (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tuskegee Airmen (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
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