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Capt. Earl F. Godfrey, retired U.S. Navy pilot with thirty-four years of service, saw combat action in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Viet Nam War. He logged more than 6,000 hours in fighter aircraft. Graduating first in his class at Test Pilot School, he test piloted and helped develop many small jets in the 1950s. He had a significant impact on the development of jet airplanes and their use by the U.S. Navy.

Godfrey combined skills as an aviator and sailor with leadership abilities, serving as Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, commanding the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk, and serving as Chief of Staff for the 7th Fleet. He also commanded two squadrons of A-4 Skyhawks, VA55 and VA125. He received numerous military aviation medals, decorations, citations, and awards.

 

 

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