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aviator , consultant , test pilot

William Lawrence Skliar, American aviator, test pilot, consultant. Certified United States Air Force Test Pilot School, 1957. Decorated Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air medal, Meritorious Service medal.

Background

Skliar, William Lawrence was born on February 22, 1926 in New York City. Son of Joseph K. and Ella (Newman) Skliar.

Education

Student in physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1948. Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1956.

Career

With United States Army Air Force, 1944, United States Air Force, 1948, advanced through grades to colonel, 1970. Fighterpilotr Republic of Korea, 1951. Vfighterpilotr Vietnam, 1970.

Fwithirst military test pilot A-12 prototype, 1963—1969. SR-71; retired, 1975. President Explorer Aircraft Company, Reno, since 1976.

Consultant Schappel Aircraft, 1984—1985, since 1986, Reno Option-Aire, 1982. Guest lecturer Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, 1985. Designer Aqua Glider Procter and Gamble-1, 1959.

Achievements

  • Certified United States Air Force Test Pilot School, 1957.

Membership

Fellow: Society Experimental Test Pilots (associate). Member: Soaring Society America, United States Air Racing Association (president 1982-1983), Air Force Association 1980-1981, (Military Man of Year 1973-1975), International Formula One, Quiet Birdmen (Reno Key Man 1986), Professional Race Pilots Association (vice president since 1985), Quiet Birdmen Club (Reno).

Connections

Married Elsa Jane Pitts, July 3, 1949. Children: Janis, Kathy, Patti.

father:
Joseph K. Skliar

mother:
Ella (Newman) Skliar

spouse:
Elsa Jane Pitts

child:
Janis Skliar

child:
Kathy Skliar

child:
Patti Skliar