Charleston’s Yeager Airport and the West Virginia Air Guard will celebrate their 70th anniversary with an air show Sept. 30-Oct. 1, featuring flying demonstrations, aircraft displays and tours, and rides aboard World War II-era aircraft. Known as Kanawha Airport when it opened in 1947, after three years of earth-moving work,...
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...
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 plane that broke the sound barrier can be an object on your subsonic desk Source: Soon You'll Be Able to 3D Print Chuck Yeager's Supersonic X-1 The Smithsonian's 3D printing project is an effort to scan the museum's vast collection and make it printable at home. Now, one of the...
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and...
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...
Female American pilot Jackie Cochran made history on this day when in 1953 she became the first woman to break the sound barrier. American pilot Jackie Cochran, who became the first woman to break the sound barrier 65 years ago today, owes some of her breakthrough success in the sky...

Pancho

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...
Yeager-portrait
Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, retired, prepares to board an F-15D Eagle from the 65th Aggressor Squadron Oct. 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Air Force is accepting applications to attend Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California and follow...
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...