Retired Maj. Gen. Stanley Holtoner, shown here, an experimental test pilot instrumental in establishing Edwards AFB, Calif., as a leading test center for military aircraft, died in Goldsboro, N.C., Dec. 17, 2010. He was 99. Holtoner was the ninth pilot to fly at speeds of 1,000 miles per hour. In January 1952, Holtoner, then a colonel, took command of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards, spending five years there, expanding the center and flying in every test aircraft assigned there, including the Bell X-1. He won the Thompson Trophy Race in September 1953, setting a world speed record with an F-86D Sabre.
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