James W. Wood
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James W. Wood
|Born||August 9, 1924|
Paragould, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1990 (aged 65)|
Melbourne, Florida, U.S.
|Other names||James Wayne Wood|
|Alma mater||Air Force Institute of Technology, B.S. 1954|
|Selection||1960 Dyna-Soar Group 1|
Early life and educationEdit
Wood was born on August 9, 1924, in Paragould, Arkansas, to Henry P. Wood (1894–1983) and Alfreda Wood (née Lowrie; 1900–1993). He considered Pueblo, Colorado his home town. 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 been an unsuccessful applicant 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 until 1978. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of colonel. Wood later was test pilot and Director of Operations, Tracor Flight Systems Inc., in Newport Beach, California.
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