Former test pilot
and famous Air racer
. He was a test pilot on the U-2
spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird
. During the 1970s
he purchased and modified a Lockheed Starfighter
(this particular example known as the "Red Baron"), using it to attain a low-altitude speed record
of 988.26mph, which he still holds.
He led a 1995 expedition to Greenland to recover the crashed kee bird B-29 bomber.