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...
  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...
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...
Chuck Yeager Supersonic Aircraft
NASA's New Supersonic X-Plane Will Be The Foundation For A New 'Concorde' A concept drawing of Lockheed Martin's new Quiet Supersonic Transport X-Plane. NASA has unveiled plans to start work on an experimental new plane which would be capable of 'quiet' supersonic flight. By creating a 'low boom' aircraft NASA hopes the...
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 1:22pm by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi On this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager and the X-1 aircraft broke the sound barrier, marking the first time a human flew faster than the speed of sound. Along with being the first craft...
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...
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...
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.