Eldon W. Joersz
|Eldon Wayne Joersz|
|Born||February 5, 1944|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1966 - 1997|
410th Bombardment Wing|
4th Fighter Wing
Major General Eldon Wayne Joersz (born February 5, 1944) is an American pilot, who jointly holds the World Air Speed Record.
Joersz and Ltc George T. Morgan Jr. set the air speed record on July 28, 1976 in SR-71A Blackbird 61-7958 at Beale Air Force Base. They went to 2,194 mph (3,529.56 km/h), breaking the record of Daniel Andre and Robert L. Stephens of 2,070 mph (3,330 km/h).
During his career in the United States Air Force, Joersz held several positions, including instructor for the T-38 Talon and SR-71, as a pilot during the Vietnam War in an F-105 Thunderchief from Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand; as well as Wing Commander of the 410 BW of the Eighth Air Force from May 1987 to May 1989 at K.I. Sawyer, AFB, Michigan, over Strategic Air Command's 307th and 46th Air Refueling Squadrons, and the 644th Bombardment Squadron.
Joersz began his education in Hazen, North Dakota. From there, he graduated from North Dakota State University in 1966 with an ROTC commission and received his master's degree from Auburn University in 1978. He retired from the Air Force in 1997.