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Robert Michael White Status: Inactive. Trained as: Test Pilot. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Four. Birth Date: 06 July 1924. Birth City: New York. Birth State: New York. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: Test Pilot (USAF). Date Selected: 01 January 1960. Departed: 1966. Number of Flights: 1. Total Time: 0.01 days.

Born in New York City; married with four children. Degrees in electrical engineering (BS, New York University, 1951) and business administration (MBA, George Washington University, 1966). Flew P-51's in World War II, but was shot down on 52nd mission and held in German POW camp until the war was over. Graduated from Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards in 1954. Named as back-up USAF X-15 pilot in 1957 and became prime when Ivan Kincheloe was killed in an air crash in July 1958. He made 16 flights, including 95.9 km astronaut wings flight. After leaving the X-15 program in 1962, he was Chief of Staff, Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, Europe. Retired from USAF with rank of Major General on Februay 1, 1981. He currently is living in Germany.


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