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Alvin

Swauger "Al" White (December

9, 1918 – April 29, 2006) was an American test pilot and mechanical engineer. He

flew the maiden flights of

both XB-70 Valkyrie aircraft,

the first 2,000 mph flight, and all subsequent Mach 3 exploration flights. Born

on December 9, 1918, to Harold H. White Sr. (1888–1974) and Ruth A. Winkleman

(1894–1975) in Berkeley, California.

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the University of California

at Davis in 1936 to study electrical engineering,

and transferred to the campus at Berkeley two

years later. He began his flying career in the Civilian Pilot Training

Program, receiving his license in 1940. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air and graduated from training at Williams Field, Arizona in

1942. He later flew bomber escorts and strafing missions over Europe in

the P-51 Mustang with

the 355th Fighter Group from D-Day through V-E Day.

After the war, White completed his Bachelor of Science degree

in mechanical engineering at

the UC Berkeley in 1947, and went on to become an engineering test pilot for

the U.S. Air Force and North American Aviation. He

participated in a variety of flight test programs over his career, including

the F-86 Sabre jet, the F-100 Super Sabre series, the YF-107 and the X-15. In 1958, White

was selected for the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest manned

spaceflight program. The program ended early due to financial and technical

difficulties. In 1961, he was selected as chief test pilot for the flight test

program of the XB-70 Valkyrie, the

world's largest supersonic aircraft, piloting the first flights of both XB-70s

and taking the aircraft through the buildup programs to flight at Mach 3. On

June 8, 1966, he was the sole survivor of the mid-air collision that

destroyed the XB-70 #2 prototype and killed his co-pilot, Major Carl Cross,

USAF, and noted aviator Joe Walker. White ejected from the XB-70, sustaining

serious injuries, including one arm being crushed as it was caught in the

clamshell-like escape capsule as it closed around him just before ejection from

the aircraft. Later

in 1966, White joined Trans World Airlines as

manager of flight operations, research and development. In 1969, he became a consultant in the field of

aviation and aeronautics, working primarily as an expert witness in accident

investigation litigation, requiring simulation of accident flight conditions in

a comparable aircraft.

After 8,500 hours of flying time in over 125 different aircraft, he retired

from the ranks of active pilots and settled in Tucson, Arizona. He died in Arizona in 2006. 



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