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FULTON, Jr., Fitzhugh L.
FULTON, Jr., Fitzhugh L. Aviation pioneer Fitzhugh L. Fulton, Jr., who tested numerous supersonic bombers and flew various launch planes for the famed "X" planes and the Space Shuttle, died Wednesday in his home in Thousand Oaks, California. Fulton 89, had a long distinguished career as the country's premier multi-engine experimental test pilot. Born in Blakely, Georgia on June 6, 1925, he joined the Army Air Corps in April, 1943. He married the former Erma Beck in 1945. He graduated from USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards in 1952. At Edwards, he was best known for flying the launch planes for the X-1, X-2, and X-15. In 1962, he set an international speed and altitude record in the B-58 Hustler, for which he won the Harmon Trophy. He test flew the YF-12 and SB-70 Valkyrie, a prototype supersonic bomber. He was also project pilot for the early 747 Space Shuttle Carrier used to air launch the Space Shuttle Enterprise during approach and landing tests in 1977. Fulton was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1999 and received numerous aviation awards. He is survived by his wife Erma; his daughters, Ginger Terry (Stan), Nancy Grover; son James Fulton (Judy); sister Louise Fulton; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 1 pm, Feb. 28, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, CA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Society of Experimental Test Pilots Scholarship Fund at www.setp.org or Parkinson's Disease Foundation at www.pdf.org.

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