Frank Kendall "Pete" Everest, Jr. (August 9, 1920 – October 1, 2004) became "the fastest man alive" when he attained a new unofficial speed record of 1,957 mph or Mach 2.9 with its Bell X-2 rocket plane
The photo is originaly signed (no print) by Frank Kendall "Pete" Everest, Jr. Brig. Gen. USAR (ret.) US Test Pilot.
General Everest was assigned in February 1946 to the Flight Test Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio as a test pilot. He took part in many experimental tests of the Bell X-1 and established an unofficial world altitude record of 73,000 feet.
In September 1951 he was transferred to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and became the chief Air Force test pilot as head of the Flight Test Operations Division. During his stay at Edwards, General Everest tested the X-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; XF-92 and YB-52. He also took part in test programs for the F-88, 100, 101, 102, 104 and 105; the B-52, B-57 and 66 aircraft. On October 29, 1953, he established a world speed record of 755.149 mph in a F-100A.
General Everest test-flew the Bell X-1B to a speed of Mach 2.3 (2.3 times the speed of sound) in December 1954, making him the second fastest man in the world, Later flights in the Bell X-2 rocket plane established him as "the fastest man alive" when he attained a new unofficial speed record of 1,957 mph or Mach 2.9.
The photo is Kodak Paper (possible 80'ies)
Technique: Gelatin-silver print
Signature: Original Signed by Test Pilot Frank Kendall "Pete" Everest
Condition: Mint conditions
Vintage print: No
Dimensions - 25cm x 20cm
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