From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harley Johnson '53

Date of birth: January 15, 1928

Date of death: April 6, 1964

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From The New York Times on April 8, 1964:

COLD LAKE, Alberta, April 7 (AP) — Two test pilots perished on frozen Primrose Lake last night after an unsuccessful attempt to parachute from their disabled jet training plane. They were Capt. Harley Johnson of the United States Air Force and Lieut. Michel A. Grant of the Canadian Air Force. Their parachutes did not open because of a lack of height. The plane crashed through the lake ice.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Harley was a graduate of the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School. He won the Prop Wash Award for contributing most to class spirit and morale.

He participated in early development of fixed-wing gunships in 1963.

Class of 1953

Harley is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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