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Two NASA Pilots To Be Honored In Virginia Hall Of Fame

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Two retired NASA research pilots are being inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in Richmond. James Patton Jr. and Philip Brown are being honored for their contributions to flight safety, though neither one shied away from danger in his career.

Patton's work focused on putting aircraft into spin. His research led to the production of new spin-resistant planes.

Brown focused on storm hazards. He intentionally flew a fighter jet into a thunderstorm looking for lightning. The jet was struck more than 700 times, and his work helped establish lightning protection standards in effect today.

Patton and Brown logged a total of more than 16,000 flight hours at NASA's Langley Research Center. Their induction ceremony will be November 14th.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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