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Yeager's Last Military Flight

Price: $250.00

Item No.: ZACE000223

Yeager’s Last Military Flight – 
Ace Charles E. Yeager 

High over the windswept Edwards Air Force Base in California's 
Mojave Desert on 14 October 1997, Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" 
Yeager pushed his McDonnell Douglas F-15D fighter once again 
through the sounds barrier. Streaming a white contrail across the 
clear blue sky, Yeager radioed back to the ground, "I'm smoking 
along at about 1.35", by which he meant 1.35 times the speed of 
sound, or roughly 900-950 mph. Gen. Yeager had been supersonic 
hundreds of times before, but this particular flight was special, for 
it marked the 50th anniversary of his historic flight in the little orange 
painted Bell X-1 rocket-powered aircraft in which, on 14 October 
1947, he became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. 
 It would also be Yeager's last flight as an Air Force test pilot and 
consultant, a job he had held since retiring from active duty in 1975. 

In an interview following the flight, Yeager commented,
"I'll miss military flying. I've been doing it for 55 years. 
I've been very lucky...I might as well hang it up while I'm on top."

Hand signed by Ace Charles E. Yeager and the artist Roy Grinnell.

The overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30".

1250 Signed and Numbered limited edition lithographs.

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