American test pilot. Flew the X-1B.
Status: Deceased. Born: 1923-06-17. Died: 2006-01-03. Birth Place:
Charlotte, North Carolina.
the son of Theron Arthur Childs and Gertrude Row. His wife, the former
Irene Street, predeceased him by 45 years.
joined the Army Air Corp in World War II at the age of 18. He flew
heavily laden transports over the 'hump', delivering supplies from
Burma to China. He served as a combat fighter pilot during the Korean
Conflict, and ended his military career as chief test pilot for fighter
aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in California. At this time he
made several flights in the X-1B rocketplane. He was fondly remembered
as a skilled and knowledgeable pilot who would share plum assignments,
such as the Paris Air Show, with his subordinates.
military service, he attended the University of North Carolina Law
School, and then worked as an attorney in Charlotte for over thirty