Right Stuff movie
Source: An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff | WIRED Before writer-director Philip Kaufman brought Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff to the big screen in 1983, onscreen astronauts were little more than alien quarry or asteroid bait. In Kaufman's hands, however, spaceflight became a far...
X1-A
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,...
The first American to orbit the earth, and later a four-term U.S. senator from Ohio, died Thursday. John Glenn died at the age of 95. One of the Mercury 7, he left the space race to pursue his political passions and became a U.S. senator. He finally returned to space...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jacqueline Cochran Jacqueline Cochran c. 1943 Born May 11, 1906 Muscogee, Florida Died August 9, 1980 (aged 74) Indio, California Occupation aviator, test pilot, spokesperson, and businessperson Spouse(s) Jack Cochran Floyd Bostwick Odlum Jacqueline Cochran (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980) was a pioneer in the field of American aviation, considered to be one of the most gifted...
Four Victory FW-190 Report:  Yeager’s combat encounter report for the 27th of November 1944, the day he downed four FW 190s.
The last member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Monday. He was 101 years old. The last member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Monday. He was 101 years old. The Airmen were members of the first African-American...
During a forum on the future of aeronautics representatives from NASA described the inevitability of passenger planes able to travel at speeds around 4,800 km/h (3,000 mph). Hypersonic aircraft not only allows for faster passenger travel but can also lead to faster response to global tragedy. FASTEST TECH The future of...
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...
Yeager-portrait
Just before you break through the sound barrier, the cockpit shakes the most. There is no such thing as a natural born pilot. Whatever my aptitudes or talents, becoming a proficient pilot was hard work, really a lifetime's learning experience. For the best pilots, flying is an obsession, the one...
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,...