Student in physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1948. Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1956.
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.
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).
Married Elsa Jane Pitts, July 3, 1949. Children: Janis, Kathy, Patti.