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16 Facts About Anthony LeVier
From an early age, Tony Anthony LeVier had been much more interested in flying than his studies, so he dropped out of high school to pursue flying full-time.
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Anthony LeVier worked odd jobs to pay for food and flying, mostly maintaining airplanes or flight instructing.
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Anthony LeVier modified it for air racing and painted it bright red.
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Anthony LeVier competed at the national air races in Cleveland in 1946 and won second place in the Thompson Trophy.
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Anthony LeVier later trained and checked out pilots in the Hudson and its transport variant, the Lodestar.
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Anthony LeVier's test flying was instrumental in proving the Lockheed P-38 Lightning design.
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In 1944, Anthony LeVier visited Eighth Air Force air bases in Great Britain to demonstrate the engine-out reliability of the P-38.
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Anthony LeVier had made the first flight of the XP-80A in January, and the testing program continued through 1944 and into 1945.
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In October 1944, Milo Burcham was killed in the crash of a production P-80, and Tony Anthony LeVier filled his office as chief engineering test pilot in January 1945.
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Anthony LeVier tested two evolutions of the P-80: the T-33 and the three variants of the F-94 Starfire.
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Anthony LeVier performed most of the tests of the XF-90 penetration fighter prototype.
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Anthony LeVier flew the first flights of the XF-104 Starfighter, and the U-2.
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In 1972 Anthony LeVier took an L-1011 Tristar on a world tour promoting Lockheed's newest and largest commercial airliner.
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