American originals don't come more original than Chuck Yeager. Even for those whose parents weren't born when he was rewriting the aviation record books, the name rings a bell. Wasn't he the guy who first smashed the sound barrier – something to do with Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff? He was...
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1959 AFFTC Briefing. The Cold War accelerated the development of U.S. military aircraft technologies at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. This remarkable motion picture briefing from 1959 highlights wide ranging flight tests at this famous test base.
A local military legend unveiled his new statue and vets saluted the Battle of Midway. Source: World War II heroes honored Saturday | UTSanDiego.com SAN DIEGO — In Balboa Park, a local military legend unveiled a statue bearing his likeness, and hours later on the USS Midway, veterans and their families...
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...
Chuck Yeager retraced history in the skies -- 65 years to the minute -- as the first test pilot to break the sound barrier. Source: Chuck Yeager retraces history in the sky, breaking the sound barrier -- again - CNN.com Chuck Yeager retraced history on Sunday, 65 years to the minute,...
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...
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The test pilot legend made famous in 'The Right Stuff' talks to USA TODAY about his life. Source: Chuck Yeager, still soaring at 89 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – In the parking lot of this small Sierra Nevada town's airfield, a decommissioned F-104 Starfighter jet looms over a series of plaques. They...
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On December 12, 1953, Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1A 1,650 mph, becoming the first man to fly two and one-half times the speed of sound. At Mach 2.4 at 80,000 feet the aircraft spun out of control, spinning on all 3 axes. G-forces sent Yeager's head into the canopy,...
On October 14, 1947, a test pilot with the right stuff changed the future of aviation forever. The joke was on me. It was just after sunup on the morning of Oct. 14, 1947, and as I walked into the hangar at Muroc Army Air Base in the California high desert,...
The space agency is celebrating 70 years of aircraft testing by releasing a trove of old videos showing X-planes, lunar landers, and various space shuttles. Aviation geeks rejoice: There’s a whole new way to waste time. NASA is marking 70 years of advanced aircraft testing by releasing a trove of old...