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Joe Bailey Jordan
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1929
Walker County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1990
San Diego County
California, USA

The son of James Broughton Jordan and Mattie Lee Simms, Joe Bailey Jordan was born on June 12, 1929 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. He completed Air Force Basic Pilot Training and received his wings on September 15, 1950. He flew a combat tour in Korea in F-80s and served a tour of duty as an undergraduate Flight Instructor. He attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, and later graduated from the Air Force Fighter Weapons School in 1953. Joe Bailey Jordan married Dolores Ann Craig on 8 Feb 1958 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California. Together, they had three children. Joe Bailey Jordan set world altitude record, reaching 103,395.9 ft, flying an F-104C Military 14 Dec 1959 Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. He made major contributions in the aviation sector of Flight Test, for which he was awarded the Clifford B. Harmon International Aviation Trophy in 1960, and in Foreign Weapons Evaluation in which he became the first American to fly and evaluate the Mig-21. In late 1967 an Afghanistan pilot seeking political asylum fled to Israel in a Mig-21. A highly classified program was put together to evaluate the Mig's performance and stability characteristics and to determine the areas of the flight envelope in which the Mig enjoyed a tactical advantage or disadvantage when compared to U.S. fighter aircraft. This information was critical to the success of the air campaign then being waged in the skies over North Vietnam. Jordan was selected for this evaluation role because of his superior knowledge in flight-testing of tactical aircraft and evaluating their systems. He went to Israel to perform the initial evaluation on the Mig which was immediately used to modify combat tactics being used in Vietnam. As a direct result of Jordan's flight envelope evaluations in Israel, and in a continuing series of flight evaluations conducted after the Mig was transported to the United States, a classified training film "Project Have Doughnut" was produced. This film was used to train U.S. pilots in exploiting the Mig-21 vulnerabilities and directly lead to an enhanced combat victory ratio. Joe Bailey Jordan died in Oceanside, San Diego County, California on 22 Apr 1990. He was cremated and his ashes scattered at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Family links: 
  James Broughton Jordan (1901 - 1985)
  Mattie Lee Simms Jordan (1912 - 2009)
  Joe Bailey Jordan (1929 - 1990)
  James Robert Jordan (1937 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Rajordan
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98910022
Joe Bailey Jordan
Added by: Rajordan
Joe Bailey Jordan
Added by: Rajordan
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- Rajordan
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015

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