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PhotographÂ was edited for publication purposes First photograph caption dated October 21, 1953 reads "Supersonic glass buster." George Welch flew a North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, breaking the sound barrier. The event caused windows to shatter at the Palmdale Airport and the boom startled onlookers.; Second photograph caption dated October 12, 1954 reads "Dies in crash." The article partially reads "Famed North American test pilot George S. Welch, 36, one of two pilots able to get his plane in the air during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, was killed today in the explosion of a North American F-100 four miles east of Lancaster."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00138263 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d045_f36_i5 CARL0005681970 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/67797
Welch, George,--1918-1954 Welch, George,--1918-1954--Death and burial Men--California--Palmdale Retired military personnel--California--Palmdale Test pilots--California--Palmdale Air pilots--California--Palmdale Armed Forces--Officers World War, 1939-1945--Veterans Veterans Palmdale (Calif.) Portrait photographs Valley Times Collection photographs