In the year and a half I had been acting as a safety chase pilot flying a T-38, F-4 or F-104, the XB-70 had many close calls.
The takeoff chase pilot launched first, climbed over Rogers Dry Lake, and pulled up into a downwind pattern opposite the heading of the XB-70, which was awaiting start of takeoff roll on Runway 04.
Chase pilots routinely accompanied the XB-70 on every flight.
Flight procedures had not been published nor briefed to safety chase pilots on any special precautions to be taken in flying very close to the XB-70.
In his 30-year association with the Air Force, he was an air-rescue pilot in the mid-Pacific area, a photographic flight-test chase pilot
, a motion-picture project officer, a photographic operations officer, chief of scientific and technical information at the Edwards Flight Test Center, and chief of photography and television at the Flight Test Center.