Muroc AFB, CA Test Pilot Killed, May 1948

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TEST PILOT KILLED AT MUROC.

LILLY, TOP JET FLIER, DIES IN SKY STREAK.

Washington, May 3 (AP) - HOWARD C. LILLY, 30-year-old test pilot, was killed today at Muroc Air Base, California, while taking off in the Douglas Sky Streak, a single engine jet which holds the world's speed record.
Word of LILLY'S death was received by John Victory, secretary of the national advisory committee for aeronautics, the top government agency for aviation research.
The Sky Streak is being used to study maneuvering problems at transonic speeds. The speed of sound at sea-level is roughly 760 miles an hour.
Victory said he was told the plane rolled over and crashed as it was taking off on one of a series of test flights by LILLY, who had been flying the No. 2 Sky Streak since November.
LILLY was rated the N.A.C.A.'s top jet test pilot. He was unmarried. His parents reside at Beckley, W. Va.
Flying the first of the two planes of the Sky Streak model last August, Lt. Col. Marion E. Carl of the Marine Corps put the world's speed record at 650 miles an hour.

San Bernardino County Sun California 1948-05-04