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Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson (1996)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-09-01

Duration: 00:24:37

Subjects: Anderson, Edgar R., Jr. | Military | Veterans | PHYSICIANS | United States. Air Force | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | PILOTS


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Anderson, Edgar Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 1, 1996, features an interview with Lieutenant General Dr. Edgar Anderson conducted by Gus Weill. Dr. Anderson, a native of Baton Rouge, served as a physician and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force from 1965-1997. From 1994-1997, he served as the 15th Surgeon General of the Air Force. He discusses: his early years in Baton Rouge; attending medical school at LSU; joining the Air Force; his flight training; his military record; serving in the Vietnam War; the job of a medical test pilot; his impressions of the Royal Air Force; parachuting; the practical applications of space medicine; the challenges faced by the Surgeon General of the Air Force; the increase in humanitarian operations; the joy of flying; and his upcoming retirement.