Kincheloe Air Force Base Dedicated 25 September 1959 In Memory of
Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. Captain, United States Air Force
Detroit, Michigan, on 2 July 1928, he was assigned to active duty after
graduating from Purdue University in 1949. Captain Kincheloe distinguished
himself during the Korean Conflict as the Air Force's 10th Jet Ace with 10
aircraft destroyed. While serving with the Air Force Flight Test Center he
piloted the X-2 research rocket to a record 126,200 feet on 7 September 1956 and
was associated with the X-15 powered research vehicle for the "Man in Space"
program. He met his death on 26 July 1958 in a military aircraft accident and he
is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Decorations awarded to Captain
Kincheloe included the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal and
Legion of Merit.
Screen captures of dedication plack from newsreel covering the base dedication.
Mrs. Dorothy Kincheloe can be seen on the right. Full newsreel is below.