21 September 1956 – Grumman company test pilot Tom Attridge shoots himself down in a Grumman F-11F Tiger, BuNo 138260, during a Mach 1.0 20 degree dive from 22,000 feet. Tom fires two bursts from the fighter’s 20mm cannon during the descent, and as he reaches 7,000 feet (2,100 m) the jet is struck multiple
Otis Dale Shaw
Otis Dale Shaw was born in Bostwick, Nebraska and raised in rural Idaho and northeastern Washington. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force from the Washington State University ROTC program in 1951. After completing flight training at Williams AFB, he went on to fly the F-86F, F-84F, and F-100. Before retiring from his 20-year military career in 1972, he was assigned to the faculty of Air Command and Staff College and positions in Defense contracting and procurement.
Dale’s passions included golf, woodworking, building things, and flying. One of his greatest accomplishments was the construction of his own experimental plane, dubbed “Looper”, painted in Order of Daedalians green and gold.
Dale was a proud member of the Order of Daedalians, holding positions as Flight Captain, Assistant Adjunct, Trustee and Secretary of the Daedalian Foundation, National Secretary and Director, and a member of the Board of Directors.
But for all his other interests, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. No plea for help went unanswered, no broken-down car unaided, no hand-sketched furniture design unfulfilled.