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Pete Knight Mural

2012

Permanent Art Project

The William “Pete” Knight mural was created by local artist Geo-May and commissioned by the City of Lancaster as part of the Aerospace Walk on Lancaster Blvd. It commemorates the accomplishments of Edwards Air Force Base stationed aeronautical engineer, test pilot, combat pilot, and astronaut whom holds the world’s speed record for flight in a winged aircraft. He was one of four Air Force pilots selected to pilot the Dyna Soar (X-20) aircraft in the first Air Force space program. He was also one of eight X-15 pilots to earn his astronaut wings by flying an airplane in space 280,000 feet. Knight later became Palmdale’s first elected mayor and served on the State Senate.