William J. "Pete" Knight
William J. "Pete" Knight, c. 1960s
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)
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William John “Pete” Knight, who holds world record for flight speed in a winged vehicle, graduated from the Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot at EAFB in 1958. After more than sixteen flights in the X-15A-2, Knight became one of five people to earn astronaut wings by flying an airplane into space.