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LLRV test pilot Emil "Jack" Kluever Dies
April 26, 2011
 

Col. Emil Col. Emil "Jack" Kluever with Lunar Landing Research Vehicle No. 1 on the ramp at Edwards in 1966. (NASA photo) Retired Army Col. Emil "Jack" Kluever died on April 23, 2011, at the age of 85. A helicopter test pilot, Kluever was detailed to NASA's Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in the mid-1960s as a test pilot on the Lunar Landing Research Vehicles (LLRV).

Kluever was the only pilot to fly LLRV No. 2, which was flown only six times during its brief flight test program at Edwards in early 1967. It was then transferred to Ellington Air Force Base near Houston where it was cannibalized for parts to keep the first LLRV and three Lunar Landing Test Vehicles used in the Apollo astronaut lunar landing training program airworthy. LLRV No. 2 has been partially restored and is preserved in the collection of historic aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards.

Kluever also flew several test flights in the Paraglider Research Vehicle – or Parasev – at NASA's Flight Research Center in 1964. The Parasev was a small experimental craft designed to explore the potential of a flexible, fabric-covered Rogallo wing design as a means of enabling future spacecraft to glide to an airplane-style landing.

While at Edwards, Kluever attended the Air Force Test Pilot School; he graduated with class 60B.

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