New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Dakota Datebook: Dick Johnson, Test Pilot


January 7, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019— Lieutenant Colonel Richard Johnson was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force Military Honors on this date in 2003.

Dick was born on Sep. 21, 1917, near Cooperstown, the eighth of 10 children. His father died when he was only eight, and his mother raised the family on very modest means. His first love was flying, and when he was just a kid, he had a homemade airplane he powered with a Model T engine. As he matured, however, it looked like Dick was destined for baseball. In fact, he was actually in spring training with the Boston Red Sox when he decid...

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