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Employment History

Chief Test Pilot

Grumman Aircraft Corporation

Senior Experimental Test Pilot

Grumman Aircraft Corporation

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* The first Grumman YAO-1 ...

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* The first Grumman YAO-1 performed its initial flight on 14 April 1959 from the Grumman plant at Bethpage, New York, with Grumman chief test pilot Ralph Donnell at the controls.

[1.0] The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

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* The first Grumman YAO-1AF flew on 14 April 1959, with Grumman chief test pilot Ralph Donnell at the controls.

...an eye in troubled skies

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Indeed, its appearance, with its bulbous nose, high-mounted, upward-tilted engines, stubby wing and trio of oversize vertical tail surfaces, was decidedly ungainly, but the Mohawk was soon proving positive the old adage that handsome is as handsome does, with Grumman's senior experimental test pilot Ralph Donnell throwing it about the sky like an aerobatics trainer.

F-111 Aardvark Memorial

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Mr Ralph H. "Dixie" Donnell - Grumman Test Pilot

Collect Air | Display Models Annex 2

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Components produced by both Grumman and General Dynamics were assembled at Grumman's Bethpage plant; the first F-111B, Bu No 151970, rolled out in May, 1965 and flew from Calverton on May 18th, piloted by Ralph "Dixie" Donnell and Ernie von der Heyden.

This airplane crashed at Grumman Calverton in April 1967 killing "Buck" Wangman and co-pilot Ralph Donnell (he was the pilot of the first flight in May 1965).

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