Frederic Albert Madenwald, III was born in Beaumont, Texas,on April 13, 1951, he passed away on August 5, 2012. He was laid to rest at Bakersfield National Cemetery
on the afternoon of August 10, 2012, with full military honours.
Fred completed a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, followed by more than 20
years of Marine Corps service as a fighter pilot and a test pilot.He served two tours as an instructor pilot at Patuxent River Naval Air Station Test Pilot School.After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Fred worked another 20 years as an experimental test pilot and flight test director,distinguishing his career with the first flight of the F-18 Super Hornet E/F.He was honoured by being elected as Fellow in the Society of
Experimental Test Pilots.In the full span of his career, he logged over 4,000 hours in more than 11 different tactical aircraft.