|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1920|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 1948|
James Thomas Fitz-gerald Jr s/o James Thomas & Alice Elizabeth (Jones) Fitzgerald Sr, grandson of Cornelia Fay (Jackson) & Arthur Scotte Jones, great grandson of George Washington & Livonia Deborah (White) Jackson, gg-grandson of Benjamin Jackson.
US Army Air Force test pilot who had joined the X-1 program named James Thomas Fitzgerald, Jr. Fitzgerald had been an accomplished fighter pilot during World War II before he was shot down and held in a German prisoner of war camp until liberated in 1945. Though denied the opportunity to continue flying combat in the Pacific, Fitzgerald was later selected to become an Air Force test pilot. He completed seven flights aboard the X-1 including four at supersonic speeds. Fitzgerald first surpassed Mach 1 during the 71st flight of the program on 24 February 1948. He reached a top speed of Mach 1.1 before a fire forced him to shut off the engine and jettison the propellants. Fitzgerald continued flying the X-1 over the next few months until he was tragically killed in September 1948 following a landing accident aboard a T-33.
James Thomas Fitzgerald Jr, was the second person to break the sound barrier, after Chuck Yeager.
All the information on James Thomas Fitzgerald Jr, comes from my 2nd cousins, descendants of Cornelia Fay (Jackson) & Arthur Scotte Jones.
James Thomas Fitz-Gerald (1896 - 1969)
Elizabeth Jones Fitz-Gerald (1895 - 1963)
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Silkeyna
Record added: Jul 08, 2008
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