This past Monday, December 7, 2020 aviation legend and WWII ace Chuck Yeager passed away at the age of 97. As an air force test pilot, Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. On October 14, 1947 Yeager piloted the rocket-powered, orange-painted Bell X-1, nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis” for Yeager’s wife, to Mach 1.05, breaking the sound barrier. The X-1 was built right here in Buffalo at the Bell Aircraft plant. After this flight both Yeager and the plane became legends. To read more about Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1, visit our previously posted blog honoring this feat: http://www.insyte-consulting.com/blog/2013/10/made-in-wny-yeagers-innovation/
Read more of our ‘Made in WNY’ blog series here:
MADE IN WNY: BUFFALO HOLIDAY MEMORIES!
MADE IN WNY: BUFFALO’S OWN GEORGE SCHULTZ AND THE THOMAS FLYER CAPTURED THE 1908 GREAT RACE
“MADE IN WNY” – WNY GOES TO THE MOON AND BACK