Buzz Aldrin Doctoral Thesis
He recovered in time to pull out at 200 feet (61 m), averting what would have been a fatal crash.When deciding what sort of aircraft he should fly, his father advised him to choose bombers, because command of a bomber crew gave an opportunity to learn and hone leadership skills, which could open up better prospects for career advancement. He moved to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, where he learned to fly the F-80 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre.He has been accorded numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and is listed in several Halls of Fame.His father was an Army aviator during World War I and the assistant commandant of the Army's test pilot school at Mc Cook Field, Ohio, from 1919 to 1922, but left the Army in 1928 and became an executive at Standard Oil.
" working with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation on enhancing the maneuver capabilities of the Agena target vehicle which was to be used by NASA's Project Gemini.His classmates included Sam Johnson, who later became a prisoner of war in Vietnam; the two became friends.At one point, Aldrin attempted a double Immelmann turn in a T-28 Trojan and suffered a grayout.Aldrin opened fire on one of the Mi Gs, whose pilot may never have seen him coming.Aldrin's second aerial victory came on June 4, 1953, when he accompanied aircraft from the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron in an attack on an airbase in North Korea.He faced down his father and told him to ask Hawkes to change the nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.As one of the highest-ranking members of the class, Aldrin had his choice of assignments.Their newer aircraft were faster than his and he had trouble keeping up. This time, Aldrin and his opponent spotted each other at about the same time.They went through a series of scissor maneuvers, attempting to get behind the other.Like most jet fighter pilots of the era, he preferred the latter.In December 1952, Aldrin was assigned to the 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which was part of the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing.