JAMES R. KYLE, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Kyle, Jr. '15

Date of birth: April 2, 1892

Date of death: May 22, 1925

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1915 Lucky Bag:


Biography

From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant J. Kyle, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #2950 in 1921. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1915. Was Engineering Officer of the Torpedo Boat Destroyer USS DENT during the World War.

From May 1-2, 1925 LTs Kyle and Clarence Henry Schildhauer (NA #3053), testing the new PN-9 seaplane, set a new endurance record of 28 hours, 35 minutes, 27 seconds. The plane, a metal-hulled flying boat equipped with two Packard engines, was used by CDR John Rogers later in the year on his record flight toward Hawaii.

Assigned to the parachute school at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, LT Kyle was killed when his parachute failed to open after bailing out of a disabled aircraft.

James was survived by his parents and brother; he is buried in Virginia.

World Record Flight

The aircraft mentioned above featured an open cockpit.


Class of 1915

James is one of 18 members of the Class of 1915 in Memorial Hall.