James W. Wood
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|James W. Wood|
August 9, 1924|
Paragould, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1990
Melbourne, Florida, U.S.
|James Wayne Wood|
|Air Force Institute of Technology, B.S. 1954|
|Selection||1960 Dyna-Soar Group 1|
Early life and education
He was born in Paragould, Arkansas on August 9, 1924. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in 1954. He was married and had three children.
As a USAF Test Pilot School graduate, he was serving as an experimental test pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California when selected for the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. However, before his selection, he had an unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 1. Wood was the senior test pilot on the Dyna-Soar project and was slated to be the pilot on its first sub-orbital mission. If the program had not been cancelled, the first drop test would have been in July 1964. After the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled on December 10, 1963, he remained with the U.S. Air Force and served as Commander of Test Operations at Edwards Air Force Base. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Colonel.
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