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Valley Times Photo Collection
Brich, George
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Edward Joseph Dwight Jr. was born in Kansas City on September 9, 1933, and joined the United States Air Force in 1953 at the age of 20. In 1961, the Kennedy administration selected Captain Dwight Jr. as the first African American astronaut trainee at the Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base near Lancaster. He was one of fifteen pilots selected for the aerospace school, which provided classroom instruction and flight training in space simulators and high performance jets. He served in the Air Force from 1953 until 1966.
Photograph caption dated July 25, 1963 reads, "Capt. Dwight receives citation from officials of the Los Angeles Urban League. Left to right are Brig. Gen. Irving Branch, Edwards AFB commander; D.R. Zook, Urban League; Dwight: Wesley Brazier, Urban League, and Col. 'Chuck' Yeager, astronaut training commandant at Edwards AFB."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Branch, Irving L.--(Irving Lewis),--1912-1966
Dwight, Edward,--Jr.,--1933-
Yeager, Chuck,--1923-
Zook, Dwight R
Brazier, Wesley
Los Angeles Urban League--Employees
Astronauts--United States
Supersonic planes
Starfighter (Fighter plane)
Men--California--Edwards Air Force Base
Airplanes--California--Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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