Academic journal article Air Power History

John W. Meyers (1911-2998)

Academic journal article Air Power History

John W. Meyers (1911-2998)

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John W. Myers, a businessman and renowned test pilot during World War II died on February 7, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. He was ninety six.

His exceptional flying skill earned him the nickname "Maestro." Myers was the chief engineering test pilot for Northrop Corporation during the war. He test flew the P-61 Black Widow, the first successful American night fighter. He also tested the Northrop XB-49 flying wing.

In 1944 he went to demonstrate the P-61 in New Guinea in he South Pacific; he was accompanied by Charles Lindbergh. Myers was born in Los Angeles, where his father, Louis W. Meyers became chief justice of the California Supreme Court and co-founder of the law firm O'Melvaney and Myers.

After John Myers graduated fro Stanford in 1933, he went east to obtain a law degree from Harvard University. Shortly after graduation in 1936, Myers joined O'Melvaney and Myers and took on celebrity clients, such as Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Edgar, Bergen, CBS and Paramount. …

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