James Wayne Wood

Birth: Aug. 9, 1924
Arkansas, USA

Death: Jan. 1, 1990

James Wayne Wood (19241990) was an American astronaut in the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.

Wood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956. He was serving as an experimental test pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California when selected for the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.

Wood was the senior test pilot on the Dyna-Soar project and was slated to be the pilot on its first sub-orbital mission. If the program had not been cancelled, the first flight was scheduled for July 1966.

After the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled in December 1963, he remained with the U.S. Air Force and served as Commander of Test Operations at Edwards Air Force Base. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of colonel.

He was married and had three children. He died of natural causes. (bio by: Papawraith)

Family links:
Virginia Arline Waye Wood (1926 - 2012)*

*Calculated relationship


Riverside National Cemetery
California, USA
Plot: 41 0 1349


James Wayne Wood was born in Paragould, Arkansas. He received a BS in aeronautical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956. Whilst serving with the US Air Force he flew 10 combat missions during World War II and more then 100 in the Korean War. Experimental test pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB.

He was selected as a pilot for the X-20 Dyna-Soar. After cancellation of the project he resumed his career as a pilot in the USAF. He was appointed Commander, Test Operations, Edwards AFB, California (until 1978). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel. Later test pilot and Director of Operations, Tracor Flight Systems Inc. in Newport Beach, California.

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