Chuck Yeager Courtesy U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission www.centennialofflight.gov Reproduced by Permission. For many people, Chuck Yeager is a true hero in the strictest definition of the word. Throughout his career, Yeager displayed distinguished courage and performed several extraordinarily brave deeds, although he only considered such acts as following his duty. Many people...
More than 65 years after it was filmed, Jet Pilot movie features some of the most spectacular aerial photography in film history. Jet Pilot is a 1957 film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. Written and produced by Jules Furthman and presented by Howard...
The F-20 Tigershark program was abandoned in 1986 after three prototypes had been built (two of which crashed after their pilots blacked out due to excessive g-forces) and a fourth partially completed. The F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately...
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Fifty years ago, a test pilot with the right stuff changed the future of aviation forever. Editor's Note: This article originally ran in our November 1987 Popular Mechanics issue. It was the 40th anniversary of the day Gen. Yeager climbed into the Bell X-1 and became the first man to...
The anniversary of the first manned supersonic flight comes around every year on Oct. 14. Being that this one falls “on the tens,” we will see more celebration and reflection of this famous date when the Bell X-1, with Chuck Yeager at the controls, “chased that demon out in the...
13 December 2016 • 1:27am A veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97. Lt Cdr John "Jock" Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941. The death of the Scottish veteran...
The $247.5 million aircraft could revive supersonic flight for civilians NASA has announced plans to design and build an aircraft that can fly faster than the speed of sound with quiet, supersonic technology. The experimental plane, or X-plane, is called the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) and will be designed to reduce the...
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 1:22pm by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi On this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager and the X-1 aircraft broke the sound barrier, marking the first time a human flew faster than the speed of sound. Along with being the first craft...
By Jim Clash, Forbes.com Often, famous people played by movie actors are not happy with the results. But Chuck Yeager had good things to say about "The Right Stuff," the 1983 movie chronicling the early space race in which he's played by actor Sam Shepard. The General and former U.S. Air...

U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's signature inside the cockpit of the Bell X-1 "Glamorous Glennis."  The signature is dated the same day as his record-breaking flight of October 14, 1947 when the Bell X-1 became the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager...