Take a 360-degree look inside the airplane that broke the sound barrier. On the morning of October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager made humankind’s first supersonic flight in the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 aircraft he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis, after his wife. That aircraft now hangs in the...
NASA's experimental supersonic X-plane project has a new name: the X-59 QueSST. So, what's in the name? Well, the "X-59" part is a nod back to American X-plane history, which kicked off with the world's first supersonic plane, the Bell X-1, famously piloted by Chuck Yeager in 1947 when it...
Me-109
The 357th Fighter Group shipped out for Europe in winter of 1943-44, and began operations in February, 1944. Assigned to the first P-51 equipped unit in the Eighth Air Force, Yeager shot down his first aircraft, a MesserschmittME-109 on his seventh mission (one of the early Mustang missions over...
old crow - ace in a day
On October 12, 1944 Lt. Yeager scored five confirmed kills over Bremen, Germany, becoming the first "Ace" in one day. As group leader, Lt. Yeager was escorting B-24 bombers over Holland when his squadron spotted 22 Bf-109 aircraft. Lt. Yeager spooked one pilot who collided with another, sending both down...
P51
On the morning of March 5, 1944, Flight Officer Charles Yeager strapped himself into his P-51 fighter and joined a mission to attack targets in the Bordeaux area of France. The twenty-one-year-old Yeager occupied the “tail end Charlie” position of his four-plane flight – the most vulnerable place to...