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Kenneth O. Chilstrom
Colonel Ken Chilstrom in 1961
|Born||April 20, 1921
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1939–1964 (25 years)|
|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
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
|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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