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Name (Last, First Middle)Love, Michael V.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankLieutenant Colonel
SquadronCS 10
Home TownHanna
Home StateWY
High SchoolHanna High School, Hanna, WY.
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball, Track, DeMolayBand, First Aid Cmte, Boys State
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesGymnastics, Ski Club,Hunting Club,Class Cmte, Supt's List(1)SQ.Cmdr
Academic Degree MajorBS-Sci USAF Academy,1960 MBA, Auburn Univ, 1972 SOS(C) ACSC(R)
Active Duty AssignmentsPltTng MooreAFB; PltF-100,494TFsq/StdnEval 48TFWg LakenheathRAFStnUk; Plt,F-100,510TFSq BienHoaABSVn; PltF-100,429TFSq CannonAFB/355TFSq PhuCat ABSVn; Stu/InstrAerospReschPltSch; : AirCSC; PltX-24B 6512TestSq EdwardsAFB
Civilian PositionsN/A
Award Year1976
Award Summary InformationLieutenant Colonel Michael V. Love, Class of 1960, is honored with this award for his unique and significant contribution to airmanship through his work in the X¨24B Lifting Body Project. Lieutenant Colonel Love was the Air Force pilot in this project created to develop and test an aerospace vehicle- radically different from other manned aircraft. He thus was faced throughout the project with applications never before encountered, ranging from development of a realistic airborne simulator to test flying the X-24B. He performed these assignments, including unpowered and powered flights, with complete success. In so doing he solved not only the complex intellectual problems of design and engineering, but also the airmanship problems of precise flying and coping with the unexpected. He greatly advanced our knowledge of flight; and through the breadth of his skills and the distinctiveness of his performance, he truly became an aviation pioneer.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/DateUSAF Academy, 1976
Aeronautical Speciality RatingSenior Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsDFC(3),AM(19),AFCM
CommentsDied in RF-4C Crash, Edwards AFB,CA. 1 Mar, 1976
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