USAF (RET) Lt. Col Walter R. Blackwell entered pilot training in October 1959 and served as an air force command pilot for 26 years. His flying experience includes light and heavy lift helicopters i.e. the H-19, H-21, H-1F, H-1N, HH-3E, and H-53. He has a total of 8,188 hours. His assignments in the Air Force included rescue combat crew commander in South East Asia, chief of flight safety at Aerospace Rescue and Recovery headquarters, and Air Force Systems Command Test Squadron. During his time as the Test Squadron Lt. Col Blackwell flew in support of cruise missile tests and special projects including mid-air retrieval for both USAF and NASA projects.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Blackwell, W. R.
Mid-Air Retrieval (MAR) of Cruise Missiles, RPV’s and a Historical Overview of Aerial Recovery.
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