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...
Aerospace engineers went from the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to supersonic flight in just 43 years, thanks to two world wars and the accompanying advances in metallurgy, motors, and controls. During the subsequent 60 years, more than 120 different planes have flown faster than the speed of...
This Article originally appeared in Boys Life in June 1947, 4 months before the actual breaking of the sound barrier. Little did they know it was only months away when this was published! Click on the article pages to read full size.
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,...
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...
Since its inception in 1947, the Air Force has consistently broken barriers as an element of the finest joint warfighting team on the planet, and its Airmen have refined its mission through innovation and teamwork. This video is one of 10 videos for the Air Force's 70th Anniversary. The theme...
Anyone Remember the F-20 Tigershark? Chuck Yeager Does! Back in the 1980’s Northrop privately funded the building of the F-20 Tigershark. A variant of the F-5 it was initially designated the F-5G. The Tigershark first flew in 1982 and only three aircraft were ever built. Watch the F-20 Tigershark in...
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...
  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...
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...