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Edward Galen "Ed" Givens Jr
(January 5, 1930 – June 6, 1967) was an
United States Air Force
officer and a
. He was selected in 1966 by NASA as a member of the
'Original 19' group
He was active in the
Boy Scouts of America
where he achieved its second highest rank,
. He and his wife Ada had three children.
Givens was commissioned in the Air Force upon graduating from United States Naval Academy in 1952 and received his flight training as a student pilot at the United States Air Force Air Training Command. In 1954, he was a flight commander and fighter pilot with the
35th Fighter Interceptor Group
on duty in Japan. He served as an instructor at the
Air Force Interceptor Weapons School
from January 1956 to March 1958 and subsequently attended the
United States Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School
Edwards Air Force Base
, California. Upon graduation he became an instructor in the Stability and Control Section.
His next assignment took him to the
Naval Air Station Point Mugu
, where he was a project pilot with
Air Development Squadron 4
. While there, he not only conducted operational evaluations but also was responsible for compiling and developing the operation procedures and tactics for fleet operation of the
He served as Assistant to the Commandant at the USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School from November 1961 to September 1962 and then attended the USAF
Aerospace Research Pilot School
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