Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Laurence C. "Bill" Craigie, 92...

DEATH ELSEWHERE

March 01, 1994

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Laurence C. "Bill" Craigie, 92, America's first military jet pilot and an air command veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died yesterday at March Air Force Base hospital in Riverside, Calif. General Craigie, who was involved in developing many types of military aircraft in the 1930s and '40s, was one of the first two pilots to fly the Bell XP-59A Airacomet, developed in secrecy as the first U.S. jet airplane.

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