Did you know?
Hazen is home to the world's fastest pilot of an air-breathing airplane! A record that still stands today! Yes, it's true! His name is Major General Eldon W. Joersz, USAF (ret). He graduated from Hazen High School in 1962 and went on to North Dakota State University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an Air Force commission from the North Dakota State University Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed his pilot training at the Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. Joersz flew 158 combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos, served as a T-38 Talon instructor pilot, but his most impressive duty was on July 28th, 1976 when he strapped into his SR-71 Blackbird and with a full fuel load, flew south to the airspace above Edwards Air Force Base, California crusing faster than a single bullet at over 80,000 feet in the the air. Joersz set the world's absolute speed record of 2,193.167 miles per hour over a 15/25-kilometer straight course! Joersz's extraordinary achievements are due to his leadership philosophies of "Always do the right thing" and "Tell the truth-no matter what." Philosophies that were instilled in Joersz at an early age in Hazen. He is an icon to our great city! Hazen High School has a display located by the gymnasium reflecting his life. The airport located in Hazen is named the Al Joersz Field.