Russell L. Rogers
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|Russell L. Rogers|
April 12, 1928|
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||September 13, 1967
Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan
|Russell Lee Rogers|
|University of Colorado, B.S. 1958|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel, USAF|
|Selection||1960 Dyna-Soar Group 1|
Early life and education
As a USAF Test Pilot School graduate, Rogers was an experimental test pilot at Edwards AFB, California when selected for the X-20 program in April, 1960. He left the program on December 10, 1963 when it was cancelled.
After the X-20 program, he remained in the U.S. Air Force on active flight duty as a pilot 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.
- Astronautix biography of Russell L. Rogers
- Spacefacts biography of Russell L. Rogers
- Russell L. Rogers at Find a Grave
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