There are many heroes that have helped advance aviation throughout the years. World War I saw soldiers in the sky, and advancements including machine guns, bombsights, and ocean-liner-sized dirigibles. World War II saw the dawn of modern jet propulsion and nearly 70 years of technological innovation and advancement. Charlie Taylor is another one of those…

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery was perhaps the most famous aviator / writer to live. He’s most recognized as a French writer and poet, but not many may know he was also an aviation pioneer. During his life, he became a laureate of several of France’s highest literary awards and even won the United States National Book…

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Albert Scott Crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot. In 1953, he became the first pilot to fly at twice the speed of sound. He was the first of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an experimental spaceplane operated by NASA. The Early Years In 1950, at age 29, Crossfield joined…

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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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