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Seelhorst, Mary. Chuck Yeager.
Popular Mechanics 180:72-74, May 2003.
This article reports that in 1947, a young World War II pilot named Chuck Yeager became the first person to go faster than the speed of sound. The company Bell Aircraft had been working under the U.S. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a forerunner of National Aeronautics and Space Administration since 1943 to develop planes that could travel at speeds approaching Mach 1. In 1947, the Bell engineering team, Yeager and backup pilot Bob Hoover were ready to try to break through the invisible barrier of sound. The engineers worked out problems of stability, airflow, fuel, launching, and even the paint, which had to withstand both friction heat and subzero temperatures. To save fuel, and also for safety reasons, they decided an air launch was best.
Available online: http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?an=9623385&db=aph
Booth. Flying Faster than Sound. Time 161:A27-A28,
March 31, 2003.
Mentions October 14, 1947 as the date that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Mojave Desert. Background on Yeager's career in the United States Air Force; Details of his supersonic flight in the XS-1 plane.
Available online: http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?an=9349278&db=aph
The 2004 bibliography is an update to the
1998 bibliography cited below. All material referenced in both
bibliographies is available at AUL.
Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers: Bibliography February 1998.
Available online at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/great/arnold.htm
Brig. Gen Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager - biography
from Edwards AFB History office.
Available online: http://afftc.edwards.af.mil/history/docs_html/people/yeager_biography.html
Brigadier General Charles E
"Chuck" Yeager - Air Force Link Biography
Available online: http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=7680
Captain Chuck Yeager - 357th Ftr. Grp - AcePilots.com
Available online: http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_yeager.html
Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager - NASA
biography contains black & white photo.
Available online: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/x1/chuck.html
ChuckYeager.com - official website contains many color photos and
Available online: http://www.chuckyeager.com/
The following materials are located on the
OTS Reserve Shelf and cannot be checked out. Photocopy portions
from the books you need. Check online catalog https://sisko.au.af.mil/
of additional copies which may be checked out.
Hess, William N. America's Top WWII Aces in Their Own Words: Eighth Air Force. St. Paul, MN, MBI, 2001. 191 p.
Book call no.: 940.5449730922 H586a
Lundgren, William R. Across the High Frontier: The Story
of a Test Pilot. New York, Morrow, 1955. 288 p.
Book call no.: 813 L9621a
Toliver, Raymond F. and Constable, Trevor
J. Fighter Aces. New York, Macmillan, 1965. 354 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 T649f
Yeager, Chuck and Janos, Leo.
Yeager, an Autobiography. New York, Bantam Books, 1985. 342
Book call no.: 92 Y37y
Yeager, Chuck and Kilanowski, Dana M. The
Quest for Mach One: A First-Person Account of Breaking the Sound
Barrier. New York, Penguin Studio, 1997. 142 p.
Book call no.: 629.132309 Q5
Yeager, Chuck and Leerhsen, Charles. Press On!: Further
Adventures in the Good Life. New York, Bantam Books, 1988.
Book call no.: 92 Y37ya
Rahn, Bob. Tempting Fate.
North Branch, MN, Speciality Press, 1997. 175 p.
Book call no.: 92 R148t
Young, James O. Meeting the
Challenge of Supersonic Flight. Edwards AFB, CA, Air Force Flight
Test Center History Office, 1997. 75 p.
Book call no.: 629.132305 Y73m
Periodicals 2002 and earlier are located in the Older Periodicals Section (take the elevator at Circulation Desk). All other periodicals are located on the first floor in the Periodicals Section.
Before Mach I: Supersonic Pioneer Chuck Yeager Credits his Enlisted Past in Giving him the Stuff Needed to Succeed. Sergeants 37:22-24, June 1998.
Carpenter, Scott. A Century of Flight. Air Force Times 63:45-48, June 2, 2003.
A Century to Flight: Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation History. Air Force Times 63:55p insert, June 9, 2003.
Frisbee, John L. Always a Fighter Pilot. Air Force Magazine 74:67, February 1991.
Gessinger, Steve. Still on Top: (BrigGen) Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier One More Time. Air Force Times 58:18, October 27, 1997.
Hardy, Rex. What, No Propeller? American Aviation Historical Society Journal 41:12-16, Spring 1996.
Holritz, Robert T. Breaking Through: Flying Safety Interviews Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, Aviation Pioneer. Flying Safety 53:22-23, September 1997.
Magnuson, Stew. Chuck Yeager. Army Times 63:42-45, 2003 Supplement.
Masko, David P. In the Beginning. Airman Magazine 40:4-5, September 1996.
Sietzen, Frank. Chuck Yeager.
Aerospace America 41:23-16, January 2003.
Interviews retired Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager, the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound aboard his Bell X-1 aircraft. Educational and employment history; Victories and disappointments; Recall of his flight experience with X-1; Views on the evolution of technology of flight test since the 1940s to the 21st century; Predictions on technological advances in space flight
Trenner, Patricia. 10 Great Pilots.
Air & Space Smithsonian 17:67-72, February-March 2003.
Presents information on Yeager's historic flights.
Turner, Perry. 10 Milestone
Flights. Air & Space Smithsonian 17:73-78,
Presents information on several historic flights. Information on the first air-to-air kill made by a Voisin III biplane bomber during World War I; Facts on the first aerial refueling of airplanes; Description of the first flight of test pilot Chuck Yeager to break the sound barrier
Yeager, Charles E. Yeager's
Encore: Fifty Years Later, an Aviation Legend Repeats His Feat.
Air Force Magazine 81:66-67, January 1998.
Videos are located near the exit gate in the Reference areas. They may be checked out.
Breaking the Sound Barrier Dyna-Soar One. Palm
Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993. 1
videocassette (15 min).
Video call no.: 629.132305 B828
Legends of Air Power. Arlington, VA, 3
Roads Communications, 2000. 3 videocassettes (344 min).
Video call no.: 629.13092 L5111
Old Friends Six who Flew: Lafayette
Escadrille. Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture Historical Film and
Video, 1993. 1 videocassette (30 min).
Video call no.: 358.4009 O44
Top Aces Aviation A,.V. Library. Marina del Ray, CA, Aviation A.V. Library, 198?. 1 videocassette (64 min).
Video call no.: 623.7464 T673
Young, James O. et al. Yeager an American
Legend. Edwards AFB, CA, Air Force Flight Test Center, 199?
1 videocassette (25 min).
Video call no.: 92 Y37yc
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