A U.S. Marine Corps pilot, Jim Bailey, was on a strafing mission over Korea in October 1951 when a burst of enemy hearth crippled his F4U Corsair. He ditched the aircraft into uneven waters within the Yellow Sea and managed to inflate his raft. The primary flare he tried to gentle was a dud; the second despatched up a plume of smoke that helped entice an amphibious-aircraft crew.
He got here residence a adorned veteran of two wars who needed to fly sooner planes and had concepts about learn how to design them. He discovered a technique to do each by becoming a member of Honeywell Inc. in Minneapolis as an engineering take a look at pilot, engaged on flight controls for navy jets and spacecraft.
Mr. Bailey, who grew to become a colonel within the Marine Corps Reserve, helped develop and take a look at controls for the F-101 Voodoo jet fighter used within the Vietnam Warfare and for the Mercury space capsule wherein John Glenn spun across the Earth in 1962. Mr. Bailey befriended Neil Armstrong whereas instructing him to make use of controls on the X-15 rocket-powered plane.
In July 1969, when Mr. Armstrong landed on the moon in a module geared up with Honeywell controls, Mr. Bailey’s household clustered round a TV set. Mr. Bailey, anxious about his good friend’s security, refused to observe.
“If something unhealthy occurred, I don’t assume I may have stood it,” he stated in a Honeywell video later.