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...
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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.
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...
Chuck Yeager
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...
This morning around 7 am, the engines of a massive, beluga-bodied helicopter cut on with a rumble. The hum harmonized with the reverberations of Edwards Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles. As the Chinook’s two enormous rotor blades started to spin, blasting hot vapor smudged the monochrome stripes of...
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...
Clarence Emil Anderson Nickname(s) Bud Anderson Born January 13, 1922 (age 94) Oakland, California Allegiance  United States of America Service/branch United States Air Force United States Army Air Forces Years of service 1942–1972 Rank Colonel Unit 357th Fighter Group Commands held 355th Tactical Fighter Wing Battles/wars World War II Vietnam War Awards Legion of Merit (2) Distinguished Flying Cross (5) Bronze Star Air Medal (18) Spouse(s) Eleanor Cosby (1945-2015, her death) Other work Test pilot Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson (born January 13,...
sabre
Did an XP-86 beat Yeager to the punch? Source: Mach Match | History | Air & Space Magazine Editors’ note: October 14, 1947, was a day of undercover celebration at the Muroc Army Air Field in California’s Mojave Desert. Captain Chuck Yeager had broken the so-called sound barrier in the experimental...
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...
  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...