Most aviators will never fly a military aircraft in battle. But many did during the 20th century. The area of the fighter has largely passed due to technology and different combat strategies. Flying a plane skillfully is difficult enough, but adding in the variable of dodging incoming fire and disturbing fire and you get perhaps…

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Today Charles “Chuck” Elwood Yeager is alive and well at age 97. Chuck Yeager is a former U.S. Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947 Yeager became the first pilot in history to exceed the speed of sound in level flight. We’re going to take a look at Yeager’s storied aviation…

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Clyde Cessna was a farmer and car salesman in Enid, Oklahoma when he was inspired to dedicate his life to aviation. It was in 1910 when Clyde witnessed a traveling airshow and had the direction of his life forever changed. Born in Iowa in 1879, Cessna’s childhood was filled with self-taught innovation and mechanical skills…

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In 1976, Emily Howell Warner was the first woman to become a US airline captain. Her career took her to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame. Today, you can find her pilot uniform on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Warner flew more than 21,000 flight…

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Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is a former US Airlines pilot, who successfully landed his passenger plane on the Hudson River after it struck a flock of Canada geese. His successful landing saved all 155 passengers aboard his aircraft, and propelled him into hero status among pilots. Commercial Pilot Hero Chesley had been piloting commercial planes for…

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