Russell L. Rogers
Russell L. Rogers
|Died||September 13, 1967 (aged 39)|
|Other names||Russell Lee Rogers|
|Alma mater||University of Colorado, B.S. 1958|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel, USAF|
|Selection||1960 Dyna-Soar Group 1|
Early life and education
Rogers was born on April 12, 1928, in Lawrence, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1958. He was married with five children.
Rogers flew 142 missions as a fighter pilot during the Korean War.: 3 As a USAF Test Pilot School graduate, he was an experimental test pilot at Edwards AFB, California. During this assignment, Rogers served as a key member of the team that tested the Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer. In April 1960, he was selected for the X-20 program. After several years supporting the Boeing-led program as a pilot consultant,: 4 Rogers left the X-20 program on December 10, 1963, when it was cancelled.: 3 : xxv–xxvi
After the X-20 program, he remained in the U.S. Air Force on active flight duty as a pilot and was commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron with the rank of Lt. Colonel at the time of his death.
Rogers was killed when the engine of his F-105 fighter plane failed near Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan on September 13, 1967. He ejected from his aircraft, but his parachute failed to deploy properly. He was 39 years old.
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Rogers graduated with class 58-C
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