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Kenneth O. Chilstrom
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Colonel Ken Chilstrom in 1961
Nickname(s) K.O.
Born April 20, 1921 (1921-04-20) (age 99)
Zumbrota, Minnesota
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1939–1964 (25 years)
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands held Chief of Fighter Test, 1946–48
USAF Test Pilot School, 1949–50
F-108 Program Manager, 1958–59
Battles/wars World War II
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal
Other work Aerospace Industry

Kenneth O. "K.O." Chilstrom (born April 20, 1921) is a retired United States Air Force officer, combat veteran, test pilot, and author. He was the first USAF pilot to fly the XP-86 Sabre, chief of fighter test at Wright Field, commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, and program manager for the XF-108 Rapier.

Chilstrom was a pilot in the first jet air race and delivered the first air mail by jet. He flew over eighty combat missions in the Italian Campaign of World War II.

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