EAA Chapter 14 -- Brown Field (KSDM) - 1409 Continental St. - San Diego, CA 92154-5707
Speaker -- December General Membership Meeting -- Sat 12/15/18

General Robert Cardenas

 

Gliders to Supersonic Flight

From June 1947 to July 1949 Gen.Cardenas was an experimental test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was twice awarded oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal for experimental flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base.


General Cardenas aided in pioneering jet aircraft development, test flying the P59 and XB45, the Air Force's first jet fighter and bomber. He flew the B29 launch aircraft that released the X1 experimental rocketplane in which Charles E. Yeager, a captain at the time, became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.