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On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager flew his Bell X-1 jet into the history books by becoming the first pilot to break the sound barrier. A stamp honoring his feat was issued 50 years later. “Few moments in American history can match the day that the experimental aircraft Bell X-1,...
Before Tom Cruise soared into the danger zone with Top Gun, Sam Shepard, who died Thursday, brought a true American pilot hero to the screen in immortal style. Shepard's breakout Oscar-nominated performance as pioneering test pilot Chuck Yeager was the soul of writer/director Philip Kaufman's 1984 classic The Right Stuff. The actor...

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...
During the early days of testing for the legendary SR-71 Blackbird there were some harrowing mishaps, the details of which have rarely come to light. On January 25, 1966, test pilot Bill Weaver and Lockheed flight test reconnaissance and navigation systems specialist Jim Zwayer experienced their plane vanishing around them...
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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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...
While NASA has had a long and storied history of building and testing experimental aircraft – called X-planes -- it has been almost a decade the space agency has developed any new aircraft. an initiative announced earlier this year as part of the new budget has NASA back designing, building...
Hoover was a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time. One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports. Bob Hoover, a...
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Source: Charles Yeager and Pakistan Air Force - Daily Pakistan Global LAHORE (Staff Report) – Charles Yeager, a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot, was posted to Pakistan as the US Defense Representative from 1971 to 1973, during the Indo-Pak war on East...
The girl was born Florence, but everyone called her Pancho. The nickname was earned, as one story goes, after she left her first husband, disguised herself as a man and boarded a ship that turned out to be running...