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Encyclopedia > William Stratton

William Grant Stratton (February 26, 1914March 2, 2001), known as "Billy the Kid", was the Republican Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1953 to 1961, succeeding Adlai Stevenson in that office. While Attorney General he won his party's nomination for governor in 1952, and defeated Lt. Governor Sherwood Dixon to become the youngest Governor in America at that time. Acquitted of charges of tax evasion in 1965, he died in 2001.


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The Douglas F3D Skyknight (2568 words)
Probably the biggest factor in the Skyknight's favor was that the MiG-15 did not have radar, being directed to targets at night under ground radar control, and in a night fight the MiG pilot was largely blind while the Skyknight crew could "see" perfectly well.
On the night of 2:3 November 1952, a Skyknight piloted by Marine Major William Stratton, accompanied by radar operator Master Sergeant Hans Hoagland, shot down what they reported from the exhaust pattern to be a Yak-15 fighter, and claimed a confirmed kill since the Skyknight flew through debris, narrowly evading damage.
Russian records indicate the target was actually a MiG-15 -- the Yak-15 was really not suited for operational use, and wasn't used in combat in Korea or anywhere else -- and though the Skyknight set the MiG on fire, the pilot managed to extinguish the flames and get back to base.
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