by Dawn Waldman
412th Test Wing Public Affairs
4/13/2016 – EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Its always a special day when we can show our family where we work, especially when the job site is Edwards Air Force Base! But, it is even more special when that family member was a celebrated part of Edwards history.
On April 8, the nephew of the late Col. Jack Ridley came out to Edwards from his home in Texas to attend the retirement ceremony of a friend. While here, Jim Martin Jr. was given the opportunity to learn more about where his famous uncle worked and played.
George Welsh, Air Force Flight Test Museum director/curator, and Tony Moore, museum specialist, dug into the archives and showed Martin the very slide rule that Ridley used. Additionally, they discussed the various programs his uncle worked on, including the Bell X-1 program.
After the museum, Martin was taken out to the ruins of Pancho Barnes’ Happy Bottom Riding Club to see where his uncle and others would go to relax.
In a letter of thanks Martin wrote, “Listening to the stories and actually standing in places where Uncle Jack lived, worked, and played, are priceless memories I will always treasure.”