Gordon Gray

Naval Aviator Wings
Gordon Gray

Gordon "Gordo" Gray

BuNo 137820 Edwards AFB, CA 19 OCT 1955

On October 15, 1955, Pax River test pilot, LT Gordon L. "Gordo" Gray, set the world 500 KM closed-course speed record of 695.163 mph while flying A4D-1 Skyhawk, BuNo 137820. The circular course was at Edwards Air Force Base, Muroc CA.
LT Gray, a former student (JUL54 to FEB55) at the Naval Air Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, had recently (13AUG55 to 15AUG55) taken the A4D-1 through Carrier Quals aboard the U.S.S. Ticondaroga.


LT Gray Speed Record in BuNo137820:

Course Map for speed flight
Pylon Equipment List for speed course
LT Gray's Notes for record attempt (Page 1)
LT Gray's Notes for record attempt (Page 2)
LT Gray's Notes for record attempt (Page 3)
LT Gray and support crew
BuNo 137820 pre-flight
LT Gray boarding 137820
LT Gray starts 137820
LT Gray flying the course (1)
LT Gray flying the course (2)
Speed Record Press Conference 17OCT55

Gordon "Gordo" Gray History:

Naval History Page One
Naval History Page Two
BuNo 137820 over Edwards AFB
BuNo 137820 over Edwards AFB
LT Gordon Gray Record Press Conf. 17OCT55
LT Gray - BuNo137820 - 19 OCT 1955
Gordo (Miramar Air Show 30 OCT 1955)
A3D-1, A4D-1 and F4D-1 at Miramar
CNO letter to LT Gray (pg1)
CNO letter to LT Gray (pg2)
SecNav letter to LT Gray (pg1)
CAPT Gray - Golden Eagle


Captain Gray retired on 01JUL70 with 27.5 years of service. He had accumulated 4,550 hours of flight time, which included 1,900 jet hours and 575 carrier landings of which 200 were night traps. He was awarded five Air Medals, the U.N. Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two stars, the China Service Medal, the Occupation Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Ribbon, and the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V". "Gordo" passed away on December 2, 2007. He was member #77 in the Skyhawk Association.
Information and photos provided by Gordo's son, John Gray.


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