Author: Jeff Wightman
Story Title: Leo Moon Update
Date: March 28 2006
This is an update to the prior story about Col. Leo Moon, USAF (ret). At last report, he was living near Ft Worth Texas. His wife is not well, but he is caring for her and is very upbeat and conversant.
Leo Moon was my father's Commanding Officer at the Parachute Experimental Unit, El Centro, CA, in 1951-52. Leo actually was a very well-known USAF test pilot, and at one time in his career commanded the USAF test pilot school at Edwards AFB. Chuck Yeager, Al White and many other famous test pilots were under Col. Moons' command. Leo himself flew a great number of test aircraft, and was well known as an outstanding aeronautical engineer.
Col Moon came to our quarters in San Diego sometime after we left El Centro, and his entire family camped on the living room floor. He was very unpretentious; my father was an enlisted Naval Aviator, and Leo was a full Colonel in the USAF. He had a very high opinion of my dad as an avaitor, and wrote a letter recommending my father to the Edwards Test Pilot School in 1951. The Navy, however, assigned my dad to VR 32 in San Diego sometime in 1952 or 53.
Leo and his wife have 4 children, as I recall 3 sons and a daughter. I will call him in a few days and update this news.