♥ Book Title : Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1
☯ Full Synopsis : "Enhanced by more than one hundred historical photographs, chronicles the development of the Bell X-1 aircraft, the craft in which a young test pilot named Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, detailing the development of the technolog"Article| Dominick A. Pisano| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Chuck Yeager Goes Supersonic
☯ Full Synopsis : "A biography of noted test pilot and retired Air Force brigadier general Chuck Yeager, who, in 1947, became the first pilot to officially break the sound barrier."Article| Alan W. Biermann| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Yeager
☯ Full Synopsis : "'The secret to my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day.'General Chuck Yeager was the fist man to fly faster than the speed of sound. He was also the World War II fighting ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang - Chuck Yeager is The Right Stuff.He first joined the US Air Force at eighteen, fresh from school, and by twenty-two had risen through the ranks on the wings of his heroic exploits dogfighting over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Europe. But it was in 1947 that Yeager achieved worldwide recognition as the first test pilot to smash the sound barrier, flying the super-secret Bell X-1 despite cracked ribs from a riding accident.This was truly the Golden Age of Aviation, the exciting leap into the supersonic era - the daredevil, death-defying days of the true winged heroes. And Chuck Yeager was there every step of the way - fighting and winning."Article| Chuck Yeager| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Bell X-1
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 1947, no one knew if it was possible to break the 'sound barrier'. The Bell X-1 was the tiny, rocket-powered craft that finally broke it. It was the result of innovative designers and engineers turning their attention from the pioneering jets of World War II to a new task ? an aircraft designed purely to fly faster than sound. Legendary pilots rallied to the cause, with World War II ace Chuck Yeager piloting the X-1 when it finally achieved supersonic flight in 1947, the first manned craft to reach such speeds. With historical photographs and meticulously researched digital art, Peter Davies traces the whole career of the pioneering Bell X-1, from its early development through to the influence it had on military and civilian jets in the second half of the 20th century."Article| Peter E. Davies| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Chuck Yeager
☯ Full Synopsis : "Describes the life of the West Virginia boy who won a place in the history of aviation as the first pilot to fly through the sound barrier."Article| Carter M. Ayres| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Chasing the Demon
☯ Full Synopsis : "NATIONAL BESTSELLER • At the end of World War II, a band of aces gathered in the Mojave Desert on a Top Secret quest to break the sound barrier–nicknamed "The Demon" by pilots. The true story of what happened in those skies has never been told. Speed. In 1947, it represented the difference between victory and annihilation. After Hiroshima, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one’s enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program was conducted on a desolate air base in California’s Mojave Desert. Its aim: to push the envelope of flight to new frontiers. There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called “the demon.” Shrouding the program in secrecy, the US military reluctantly revealed that the “barrier” had been broken two months later, after the story was leaked to the press. The full truth has never been fully revealed—until now. Chasing the Demon, from decorated fighter pilot and acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton, tells, for the first time, the extraordinary true story of mankind’s quest for Mach 1. Here, of course, is twenty-four-year-old Captain Chuck Yeager, who made history flying the futuristic Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Officially Yeager was the first to achieve supersonic flight, but drawing on new interviews with survivors of the program, including Yeager’s former commander, as well as declassified files, Hampton presents evidence that a fellow American—George Welch, a daring fighter pilot who shot down a remarkable sixteen enemy aircraft during the Pacific War—met the demon first, though he was not favored to wear the laurels, as he was now a civilian test pilot and was not flying the Bell X-1. Chasing the Demon sets the race between Yeager and Welch in the context of aviation history, so that the reader can learn and appreciate their accomplishments as never before."Article| Dan Hampton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Right Stuff
☯ Full Synopsis : "A wildly vivid and entertaining chronicle of America's manned space program, from the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY US ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY ‘What is it’ asks Tom Wolfe, ‘that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle...and wait for someone to light the fuse?’ Arrogance? Stupidity? Bravery? Courage? Or, simply, that quality we call 'the right stuff'? A monument to the men who battled to beat the Russians into space, The Right Stuff is a voyage into the mythology of the American space program, and a dizzying dive into the sweat, fear, beauty and danger of being on the white-hot edge of history in the making. ‘Tom Wolfe at his very best... Learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic...The Right Stuff is superb’ - New York Times Book Review"Article| Tom Wolfe| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Across the High Frontier
☯ Full Synopsis : "Recounts Yeager's experiences during World War II when he was shot down over France and escaped from the Germans, explains why he was selected to fly the X-1, and describes how he was the first to break the sound barrier"Article| William R. Lundgren| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Supersonic Flight
☯ Full Synopsis : "Hallion describes the basic problems of supersonic flight, looking at Geoffrey de Havilland's fatal attempt to break the sound barrier in 1946, Chuck Yeager's successful flight in 1947, and the first aircraft to reach twice the speed of sound"Article| Richard Hallion| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Bell X-1a Rocket Plane Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions
☯ Full Synopsis : "An improvement over the Bell X-1 - the first plane to break the sound barrier in level flight - the X-1A was designed to reach Mach 2.0. Initial test flights commenced in January of 1953. On December 12th, test pilot Charles "Chuck" Yeager set a record with the aircraft, reaching a speed of Mach 2.43 at 75,000 feet. In 1954, pilot Maj. Arthur Murray flew the plane to a new altitude record of 90,440 feet. Roughly a year later, the X-1A was severely damaged by an explosion while strapped to its B-29 mother ship. The plane was jettisoned and destroyed. Variants of the design, including the X-1B, X-1D, and X-1E continued to fly as late as 1958. Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force and NACA / NASA, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of one of history's great planes. Classified "Restricted", the manual was declassified. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text."Article| United States Air Force| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Return to Combat
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♥ Book Title : The Quest for Mach One
☯ Full Synopsis : "In a compendium of reminiscences, photographs, and experts' discussions, the surviving participants in the development and flying of the Bell X-1 rocket plane that broke the sound barrier in 1947 recount their experiences. 17,500 first printing."Article| Chuck Yeager| Statement ..."