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NDOT, Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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Ronald R. Williams, of Milford, Nebraska earned his greatest notoriety in 1985 while involved in high altitude research, flying the ER-2 for NASA/Lockheed. He made the first flight into the ozone hole over the Antarctic. He served for twenty-two years in the U.S Air Force, flying 250 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War and later in the U-2 squadron, flying 167 combat missions. He rose to the rank of lt. colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with seventeen clusters. Williams retired in 1996, continuing to serve as a consultant to NASA, advising and instructing ER-2 pilots on ER-2 operations.


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