Oct 31, 2015
Written by Evergreen Museum Curator
Major Drury W. Wood, Jr. is being inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 during the Dream to Fly Gala at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Click here for more information about the event
Major Drury Wood
Captivated by flight after a ride in a Ford Tri-Motor, Drury Wood, Jr. learned to fly in 1942. He was commissioned as a Marine aviator and flew the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair with VMF-123, winning a Distinguished Flying Cross during actions over Okinawa and Japan. Serving from 1946-48 as a Forward Air Controller with the 2nd Marine Division, Wood was part of the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir in 1950. Wood attended the Naval Test Pilot School and became Operations Officer for the Naval Air Test Center’s Tactical Division. He tested the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, and A-4 Skyhawk before going to Dornier Ag in Germany in 1964 to be involved in the Do-31 VTOL jet transport project. Wood flew as pilot in command for the entire Do-31 program, right up to its cancellation in 1970. He was twice awarded the Ray E. Tenhoff Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and the Ivan C. Kincheloe Award for outstanding test piloting accomplishment in 1968. Drury W. Wood currently lives in Grants Pass, OR.