The Only Pilot to Shoot Down A Spacecraft – A Space Ace


Published on Aug 18, 2019

Sure space fighter pilots are an undying trope in science fiction and fantasy, but in reality the only pilot who can claim to have shot down a spacecraft is Maj. Wilbert ‘Doug’ Pearson. In 1985 he flew a modified F-15 with a specialized anti-satellite missile to shoot down an old satellite. Much of the detailed information was derived from Sven Grahn’s collection: http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/histind/AS… http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/histind/AS…

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