F-16 test-pilot Neil Anderson dies

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Unread post22 Sep 2006, 11:38

F-16 test-pilot Neil Anderson dies

21/09/06

Celebrated F-16 test pilot Neil Anderson has died aged 72 after a career that included time in more than 250 aircraft types, a belly-landing in an F-16, and victory in the unlimited class at the Reno air races.

The Star-Telegram newspaper in Fort Worth where the immensely successful fighter was built by General Dynamics and then Lockheed Martin has a nice tribute to Anderson.

It reveals how he planned to become a priest before opting for flying instead, and tells the story of how he saved the YF-16 prototype by belly-landing it after a main landing-gear failure. Anderson walked away from the landing and the airframe survived - an astonishing feat of airmanship.

In 1982 he recorded his victory at Reno in a modified Hawker Sea Fury and continued working at Lockheed Martin as a marketing executive playing a key role in selling the F-16 until his retirement in1996. He continued flying and founded a group that displayed three North American T-28 Trojans at airshows.

Source: Flightglobal.com


I'm so sorry to hear that. RIP.
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Unread post22 Sep 2006, 12:22

Also see the news article on F-16.net:
  • <a href="news_article1979.html">Legendary F-16 test pilot Neil Anderson dies</a> (Sep 18th, 2006)

On behalf of the F-16.net staff, I'd like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Neil Anderson.

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Unread post22 Sep 2006, 13:31

On behalf of the French Air Fan community, AdA members and others, I would like to associte with net staff, to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Neil Anderson.

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