Forrest Silas Petersen

Forrest Silas Petersen

Birth
Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, USA
Death 9 Dec 1990 (aged 68)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 8652889 · View Source
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Pioneer Astronaut. He was a career US Navy aviator officer whom was one of the first NASA test pilots for the X-15 rocket space program. After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1944, he served in the Pacific for the remainder of World War II. In 1947, he became a Naval Aviator, seeing service in the Korean War and the 1950s, flew test flights and was a aeronautics engineer for astronautic experiments. He joined the US Air Force NASA X-15 rocket program in 1958 and made five high level atmosphere flights before leaving the project in 1962, to serve as Deputy Chief of Naval Material. He later served in Vietnam and was appointed Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare and Commander of Naval Air Systems Command. He retired from active duty in May 1980, with the rank of Vice Admiral.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8652889
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Forrest Silas Petersen (16 May 1922–9 Dec 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8652889, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .