Rogers, Joseph W., Col

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1973-1973, 13th Air Force
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1943 - 1975
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Chilllicothe, Ohio
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Healdsburg, CA

Date of Passing
Aug 06, 2005
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Colonel Joseph W. Rogers, USAF set a new official world absolute speed record at Edwards AFB in 1959 when he piloted a Convair F-106A Delta Dart to a speed of 1,525 mph. After 45 years, this was still the record for single engine airplanes.

Flying over Korea and Viet Nam, Rogers flew 300 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs, P-80 Shooting Stars and F-4 Phantoms. He attended the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School in 1956 and the Air War College in 1964.

He flew early development test flights of the F-86D Sabre and performed early testing on the F-102/F-106 weapons systems before joining the SR-71/YF-12 Test Force, where he flew the first Blackbird mission of the USAF/NASA YF-12/SR-71 USAF research program. He eventually became Test Director of the world’s highest and fastest airplane, the SR-71 at Edwards Air Force Base. In 1971, Rogers was already evaluating advanced fighter design concepts that wouldn’t appear until the 1990s.

Colonel Rogers was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit and the Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters. A Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Rogers received the Thompson Trophy and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale De La Vaulx medal. During his career as a test pilot, Rogers logged 13,000 hours in more than 50 aircraft, including the F-86D, F-102, F-104, F-106, YF-12, SR-71 and F-4.

Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who were associated with Edwards Air Force Base. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment.

On November 8, 1950, the then Capt. Rogers achieved a rare MiG-15 jet kill while flying in his piston-engine F-51D Mustang named Buckeye Blitz VI. "This was unusual because of the speed differences between the two planes, " said Jim Cook, master crew chief at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa and an old friend of Col. Rogers. "He was doing around 350 mph, and the jet was doing 450. There were four MiGs, and they were so much faster. They came over the top of Joe, and he took a lucky shot at them."   


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
431st Fighter Squadron71st Fighter Squadron  - Iron MenAir Force Test Pilot SchoolEdwards Air Force Base
317th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronAir War College (Student) 7th Air Force13th Air Force
  1946-1946, 431st Fighter Squadron
  1955-1955, 71st Fighter Squadron - Iron Men
  1956-1956, Air Force Test Pilot School
  1959-1959, Edwards Air Force Base
  1960-1960, 317th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1964-1964, Air War College (Student)
  1973-1973, 7th Air Force
  1973-1973, 13th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
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Air War College
  1964-1964, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AT-6 Texan  BT-13 Valiant  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
F-86 Sabre  F-102 Delta Dagger  F-106 Delta Dart  SR-71 Black Bird  
F-4 Phantom  A-37 Dragonfly  
  1944-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1950-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1954-1954, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1955-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1955, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1959-1959, F-106 Delta Dart
  1969-1969, SR-71 Black Bird
  1970-1970, F-4 Phantom
  1973-1973, A-37 Dragonfly
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