Lieutenant Colonel James F. “Skeets” Coleman and Convair XFY-1, March 2nd 1954


4 responses

  1. ed hess

    I Was on crash crew at naas brown field chulavista calif. on the day that mr coleman tested the pogo.He leveled it out and circled the base and then landed the pogo. My name is ed hess and i live in little elm tx.Iwill be 75 years of age in july.I remember this as it was yesterday although it was nov.4th coleman is still with us and is 93 years of age.I talk to his son marty who lives in tulsa ok once in a while.the pogo is at dulles getting refurbished now.To me mr coleman waS ONE OF A KIND AS HE WAS ONLY ONE ABLE TO HANDLE THE POGO AND LAND IT.GREAT GREAT MEMORIES.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    • ed hess


      June 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  2. Dave Small

    Hi Mr. Hess,
    I am very interested in the XFY project and am gathering information which may end up in the form of a book one day. I am looking for recollections of people who were associated with the program and I was wondering if you had any stories, comments or opinions that you could share about the XFY.
    Thank you,
    Dave Small
    Aurora, CO

    June 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

    • Ed Hess

      Mr small; i was at brown field from 1954 to 1956 and was in crash crew.we were wondering if mr coleman was ever going to level the pogo off.after many many tests which was conducted.i never will forget that day when he finally did full test of pogo.this has remained with me for all these years and right now there is a hold on refurbishing it due to space shuttle.what amazes me is this is probably only aircraft that only one pilot could really handle and that to me is why to this day i still admire mr coleman..he is still going strong at 93 according to his son marty..

      April 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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