Frederick M. Trapnell Photo

Frederick M. Trapnell

Born: Jul 9, 1902

Death: Jan 30, 1975

Birthplace: Elizabeth

Nationality: United States

Frederick M. Trapnell

Date of Birth : Jul 9, 1902
Date of Death : Jan 30, 1975
Birth Place : Elizabeth

Frederick Mackay "Fred" Trapnell was a United States Navy admiral and aviation pioneer. Trapnell was the first US Navy pilot to fly a jet aircraft, was considered the best, most experienced naval test aviator of his generation, co-founded the branch's first test pilot school, and played a pivotal role in both the development of future Naval aircraft and the survival of the post-World War II Navy's air arm. Trapnell was also a cousin of Bataan Death March survivor, LTG Thomas J. H. Trapnell and his nephew, the noted skyjacker, Garrett Brock Trapnell.

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  • Frederick Trapnell
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