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Lt. Col. Robert G. “Bob” Ferry, USAF 


Aerospace Walk of Honor

 
 
Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
1. Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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Inscription. Colonel Ferry distinguished himself in helicopters. Although he began his career as a fighter pilot, he became expert in helicopters, where he made his mark in 24 years of flight testing. He has flown 10,800 hours in 125 different aircraft, nearly 8,000 of those hours in helicopters. 

As the Air Force Project Pilot on the Bell XV-3, he proved the tilt rotor concept which led the way to development of the XV-15 and V-22 Osprey. He is the only pilot to fly three XV types: XV-1, XV-3 and XV-9.


He flew the first flight and most of the envelope expansion on the Apache AH-64.
Ferry set world records which remain unchallenged for distance flying in helicopters by flying a Hughes OH-6A solo, non-stop and non-refueled from Los Angeles to Daytona Beach in 1966.


Paving the way for high speed and heavy lift rotary wing development, Ferry flew all flights of the XV-9A "Hot Cycle" helicopter to investigate new propulsion concepts. 

Ferry has been honored with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Iven C. Kincheloe Award, the American Helicopter Society’s Frederick L. Feinberg Award and was the pilot selected for the Sikorsky International Trophy. He received specially designed awards from the Italian Air Force, the Hamburg Senate, S. Harry Robertson for his flight achievements.
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Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
2. Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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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° 41.883′ N, 118° 8.346′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lancaster Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 554 Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93534, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF 
 (here, next to this marker); Western Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tuskegee Airmen (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Manke (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas C. McMurtry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Wallace Haise 
 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired)
Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
3. Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
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(within shouting distance of this marker); John B. "Jack" McKay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable Persons
 
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By Denise Boose, July 5, 2013
4. Aerospace Walk of Honor Emblem
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on November 26, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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