Veterans

October 17, 2013

Former AFFTC commander dies

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyd Manson, former commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, died Oct. 4 in Los Gatos, Calif. Manson’s final assignment was as AFFTC commander at Edwards AFB beginning in 1966. He retired from the U.S. Air ForceF in 1969.

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyd Manson died Oct. 4 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98.

Manson’s last assignment was as Air Force Flight Test Center commander here at Edwards after being appointed in January 1966. He also supervised the operation of the former Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards and the Air Force activities at the former Joint Parachute Facility at El Centro, Calif.

Combat and airlift aircraft testing during Manson’s tenure included the F-111A, a joint-service aircraft that eventually served with distinction in the Air Force after a long period of developmental test. The F-4E Phantom II also underwent test in his period and served the needs of the U.S. Air Force until replaced by the F-15 then on the drawing boards. Edwards also began to test the C-5A in 1968.

In the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance realm, the highly modified U-2R made its first flight during this timeframe, and SR-71 flight testing continued.

The ill-fated XB-70A research program was undertaken and the highly successful X-15 high-speed flight research program was also ongoing, setting many speed and altitude records.

Other research projects included the XC-142A, a large tilt-rotor aircraft to test principles of Vertical Short Takeoff and Landing, which later applied to the design of the CV-22 Osprey.

AFFTC and NASA were also testing lifting bodies like the X-24A, M2-F2, and HL-10 that contributed to the design of the Space Shuttle orbiter.

Manson retired from the USAF in 1969.

Following his military career he was Vice President of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University until his retirement.

Manson will be buried Oct. 19 at St. Andrews Cemetery in Darien, Ga., where he was born.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

VA announces appointment of new members to advisory council

The Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the...
 
 

Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began in early January and will close April 15. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological...
 
 

Report: Agent Orange planes hold risk years after Vietnam

The health of some U.S. Air Force reservists could have been put at risk from the residue left in planes that sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the Institute of Medicine reported Jan. 9. There’s not much data about the level of contamination, but limited testing years later make it plausible that some reservists...
 

 

Consolidation of POW/MIA mission moving forward

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Jan. 9 the Defense Department will, effective Monday, consolidate into one new agency the organizations that account for U.S. military prisoners of war and those missing in action. Hagel called for a review early last year to bring together the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint Personnel Accounting...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Chris Hubenthal

Veteran caretakers continue service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Chris Hubenthal Chris Farley, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or NMCP, caretaker and U.S. Navy veteran, maintains the area around a grave site at the NMCP Jan. 2, 2015, in Honolulu. &nbs...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Joseph A. Pagán Jr.

Tuskegee Airmen receive the 2014 Omar N. Bradley ‘Spirit of Independence Award’

Air Force photograph by SrA. Joseph A. Pagán Jr. Tuskegee Airmen Homer Hogues and Calvin Spann receive the Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence Award” on behalf of all of the Tuskegee Airmen Dec. 27, 2014, durin...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>