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Albert Boyd was a pioneering test pilot for the United States Air Force .


Boyd, Albert was born on November 22, 1906 in Rankin, Tennessee, United States.


Student Biltmore College, 1926-1927, Air Corps Tech.


During his 30-year career, he logged more than 23,000 hours of flight time in 723 military aircraft (though this number of the total number flown includes variants and sub variants of some types, and is not 723 distinct types). When he retired in 1957, he had flown every aircraft type operated by the USAF, including attack, cargo, trainer, fighter, experimental, bomber, mission trainer, liaison, observation, and general aviation planes and helicopters. From 1947 to 1957, Boyd flew and approved every aircraft type acquired by the USAF. His assignments included:\r\n Chief of Flight Section at Wright Patterson AFB\r\n Commander, Experimental Test Pilot School\r\n First Commander, USAF Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base\r\n Commander, Wright Air Development Center (Maj Chuck Yeager, a test pilot in his command, was the first American pilot to test the MiG-15, associated with Operation Moolah)\r\n Deputy Commander, Weapons System Headquarters, Air Research and Development Command\r\n The prototype Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, modified as a racer and designated P-80R, was piloted by Colonel Boyd to a world air speed record of 623.73 mph (1,0042 km/h) on 19 June 1947.


  • Octave Chanute Award\r\nLegion of Merit\r\nDistinguished Flying Cross\r\nDistinguished Service Medal\r\nAir Power Trophy\r\nSchilling Award\r\nMédaille de l'Aéronautique\r\nBrevet Militarire de Pilote d'Aviation\r\nAerospace Walk of Honor (1991).


Married Anna Lu Oheim.

Anna Lu Oheim.