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Yeager re-enacts historic sound barrier flight

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Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie "The Right Stuff," flew in the back seat Sunday of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert — the same area where he first achieved the feat in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane. (news.yahoo.com) 更多...

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honzanl
honza nl 4
how about George Welch ? .....

" According to conventional history, Chuck Yeager was first on 14 October 1947 in the Bell X-1. Yeager's craft was powered by a rocket engine. However, another flight test program that was in progress at Muroc Field (now Edwards Air Force Base) during the same time period was that of the jet-powered XP-86, prototype of the F-86 Sabre soon to gain fame in the Korean War. Shortly before the X-1's famous flight, North American test pilot George Welch had been conducting high-speed dives of the XP-86. During these flights, he had noticed odd behavior of the aircraft's speed indicator which jumped erratically as he approached Mach 1. Later on, this phenomenon would come to be known as "Mach jump" and is indicative of encountering shock waves at transonic speeds near the speed of sound. Witnesses on the ground had also reported hearing the tell-tale "BA-BOOM" sound indicative of the sonic boom created by a supersonic vehicle. Welch flew two of these possible supersonic flights before the X-1 officially broke the sound barrier, one on 1 October 1947 and the other on 14 October, mere minutes before Yeager achieved Mach 1.06. Unfortunately for Welch, his aircraft was not equipped with instrumentation to determine conclusively just how fast he had gone. It was not until 13 November that ground stations were used to measure the speed of the XP-86 in a dive, during which the aircraft was clocked at Mach 1.02 and 1.04 on two separate attempts. Since the dive angles during the measured attempts had been the same as those on his earlier flights and the aircraft had not undergone any modifications, it is quite possible that George Welch was not only the first to fly supersonically in a jet-powered plane, but the first to break the sound barrier as well. For political and security reasons, the Air Force clamped the lid on both stories, and it was not until December 1947 that Yeager's accomplishment was unveiled to the public. In addition, Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington had long before made the decision that a military pilot would be credited with breaking the sound barrier (Welch was a civilian), and it would be done while flying the X-1 research aircraft to justify its great expense. The capabilities of the Sabre were finally released in June 1948 when the Air Force and North American announced that the XP-86, piloted by George Welch, had broken the sound barrier in a dive. However, the date of Welch's achievement was given as 26 April 1948 with no mention made of his earlier flights. "
Derg
Roland Dent 2
Thank you very much for posting this link. As a child of 8 I can remember very well looking at the picture of that 1947 event with the little aircraft being dropped off the bomber. Wow Chuck looks well...who would know when he was in that suit sitting there in that F15. Great that he is around as an example to all the young people.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Also see: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/us/nevada-yeager-anniversary-flight/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29

Nice article... Glad he was able to do it one more time.
prestonshute
In 1969 I was a one strip airman at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, N.C. I had completed my level one training as a photographer and on my way to base operation to take photos of some return pilots receiving air medals. There was only three pilots and the short cermomy was conducted in the base commanders office. After taking by photos I was packing up my camera and equipment while everyone filed out of the room. When I stood up I was looking at that iconic picture of him in front of the Bell X-1. I looked over at the old man behind the desk and has he looked up at me I said "your him".
My childhood hero and to my young mine I just assumed he had retired years ago. I guess he found my expression and comment amusing. For the next year I was able to photograph him at several functions including the party at the officers club when got his star. At 11:00 pm he said Shute it's time for you and your camera to go. I was told the party cotinued on for several hours.
Happy to hear he is still with us.
P. Shute, Sgt.
Base Photo Lab.
Seymour Johnson, AFB
1968 - 1972
JetMech24
JetMech24 4
The Chuck Norris of aviation!
n7224e
BC Hadley 1
Or the Jack LaLanne.
megavoyager
megavoyager -4
or the kim kardashian
budai2
Hail to all "Daredevils", and regular military flyers!!
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
I wonder if he got any stick time.
jkudlick
"Yeager flew the F-15 as it took off and landed, said Airman Timothy Young, a Nellis spokesman. The plane was piloted by Capt. David Vincent of the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis."
mikeb5618
I would have let him fly it from the front seat.
suchet
I am very happy to know about his performances but is he allowed to fly at age of 89 years?
JDiver
JDiver 2
General Yeager is quote fit - at least he was earlier this year when we chatted at a local restaurant.
GaAubie
Ken Hardy 1
one of my flight hero's along with Bob Hoover
t1sby
Tim Bray 1
I was glad to see that Ret. B Gen.(I did not not about the rank)Yeager was able to "re-create" his flight. The fact that he actually handled the AC was a huge plus+++++! Kudos to him.
BUT!, A yahoo post from an anoymous AP writer? Isn't there anything more?
I expected a first hand account from some one who was there, as usual on posts, from here on FlightAware.
Don't get twisted, I am not downing this, just wish it had been a little bit MORE, and a lot less YAHOO, and AP(no writer).
I hope like HEll I can do this some day, not to mention being able to do it @ 89 YO!
Chrisway
Chris Way 4
I was there when General Yeager took off for the flight. He was already in the plane when I got to the ramp, so I could not get a good sense of his physical shape. A video taken by Nellis PA shows him climbing the stairs himself and gingerly getting into the cockpit under his own power. However, the 57th Wing Vice Commander told me that Yeager passed his physical and did not need any type of medical waver for the flight. Here are some photos I took as they departed: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6yi9f8p128yi9kp/-CVD0mTH3j/D200
liquidxer0
Awesome shots. Thank you for sharing these! I can't imagine being there when he took off....
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
very nice. thanks for sharing....
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
I remember reading (in Chucks book) about Yeager and Hoover flying around Europe in 51's on their last flight together in ww ll. They truly have "been there, done that" in the aviation world.
johncook1
john cook 1
Was The best pilot in the world flying chase again ?
Quackers
Quackers 0
Like a boss!
zennermd
zennermd 0
Hoorah!

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