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Breaking the sound barrier.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 70 years ago this week a Buffalo-built rocket plane flew into the history books when Gen. Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the speed of sound. The Bell X-1 was designed and built at the company's Wheatfield plant, with some of the work done...
26 Mar 1951 at Edwards Air Force Base - Filming began on the lakebed for RKO’s film Jet Pilot, starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. As shown in this photo, an XF-92A was painted to simulate a “MiG-23.” Most of aerial stunt scenes were anonymously flown by Chuck Yeager. (Edwards History Office file photo)
26 Mar 1951 at Edwards Air Force Base - Filming began on the lakebed for RKO’s film Jet Pilot, starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. As shown in this photo, an XF-92A was painted to simulate a “MiG-23.” Most of aerial stunt scenes were anonymously flown by Chuck Yeager....
Stamp
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,...
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...
  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...