Brown, Eldon, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1955-1957, 131X, Naval Flight Training
Service Years
1948 - 1957

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Home Town
Little Rock, Pulaski County
Last Address
Oakton, Fairfax County, Virginia.
Lakeside Cemetery, Des Arc
Prairie County, Arkansas

Date of Passing
Aug 14, 2008
Location of Interment
Lakeside Cemetery - Camden, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Des Arc, Arkansas

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Lieutenant Eldon Walter Brown, Jr., U.S. Navy

Elton Brown was an early jet pilot in the Navy during the Korean War. He is best known as the "other VF-51 pilot" from the USS Valley Forge on a strafing run at an airfield near Pyongyang when two Yak-9's took off; Lt.(jg) Plog blew off its wing with a short burst, scoring the Navy's first aerial victory in Korea. Ens. Eldon W. Brown, Jr., downed the second Yak a few minutes later. Flying Navy F9F-3's, these air-to-air contacts were also a first for American jet aircraft.

Ed Brown flew forty-two combat missions from the USS Valley Forge, squadron VF-51, between July and September 1950. 


After leaving the Navy, Ed was an experimental test pilot with Lockheed. He flew the F-104 from 1957 until 1971 and was also the ZELL program test pilot. He later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration before he retired. 

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ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 ProgTulane University NROTC (Faculty Staff) NAS OttumwaSchool Assignments - Staff
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS Jacksonville FLNAS Seattle/SandpointVF-211 Checkmates
VF-51 Screaming EaglesUSS Valley Forge (CV-45)School Assignments - Staff
  1945-1947, ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 Prog
  1945-1947, Tulane University NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1946-1946, NAS Ottumwa
  1946-1946, Primary Flight Training, NAS Corpus Cristi, TX
  1947-1947, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1947-1948, 139X, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1948-1949, 139X, NAS Seattle/Sandpoint
  1948-1949, 139X, VF-211 Checkmates
  1949-1950, 131X, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
  1950-1950, 131X, USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  1952-1954, 131X, Flight Instructors School
  1955-1957, 131X, Naval Flight Training
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
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  1945-1947, Tulane University
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