Gone West: Robert B. Robinson Jr. | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.17.14 **
** Airborne 10.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.15.14 **
** Airborne 10.13.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.13.14 **

Mon, Oct 03, 2005

Gone West: Robert B. Robinson Jr.

Set World Absolute Speed Record In 1961

Aero-News has learned Lt. Col. Robert B. Robinson Jr., a retired Marine Corp pilot who in 1961 flew faster than anyone ever had before, passed away last week after a bout with cancer. He was 81.

Robinson graduated from Navy flight training in 1943, and he served in WWII and in Korea. According to the Associated Press, he was one of the first Marine pilots to be checked out on jet aircraft.

On November 22, 1961, Robinson established a new absolute speed record when he flew a McDonnell F4H-1 (file photo, above) to an average speed of 1,606.505 mph at Edwards AFB, CA. The F4H-1 was the predecessor to the F-4 Phantom II fighter-interceptor.

Robinson's aircraft was the first twin-engine jet to set the record, having broken the previous record of 1,525.93 mph set December 15, 1959 by Maj. Joe Rogers in a single-engine F-106A Delta Dart (file photo, below.)

The record stood for four years, before it was broken by Col. Robert L. Stephens and Lt. Col. Daniel Andrea in a Lockheed YF-12A, forerunner to the SR-71 Blackbird, in the first certified flight above 2,000 mph. The current record of 2,193.16 mph was set by a SR-71A Blackbird in July 1978.

Robinson retired from the Marines in 1963, afterwards becoming a test pilot for McDonnell Aircraft. He was involved in the development program of the F-4 Phantom II.

FMI: Major Milestones At Edwards AFB

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.17.14: Enstrom Delivers, Flight School Scandal, NBAA2014

Also: Rare O-46 Rebuild, Valor Unveiled, OK's Anti-Fly-In Airport, FAA Screw-Ups, The first Enstrom Model 480B-G has been delivered to Rick Boswell of New Hampshire with the Garmin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.19.14)

Aero Linx: The North American Trainer Association (NATA) The North American Trainer Association (NATA) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration and sa>[...]

FANS 1/A Available For Bombardier Challenger 604 Business Jet Operators

Upgrade From Rockwell Collins Builds On Current FMS Rockwell Collins is now offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 a>[...]

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look At Martian Upper Atmosphere

MAVEN Spacecraft Shows Comprehensive Map Of Highly-Variable Ozone NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a sto>[...]

DOD Awards Satellite Contract To Sierra Nevada Corporation

Four Scientific Payloads To Extend Understanding Of The Space Environment The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a contract to Sierra Nevada Space Systems to develop and >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC