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 Chuck Yeager pilot of the Bell X-1 Chuck Yeager pilot of the Bell X-1
USAF Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager pilot of the Bell X-1, October 14, 1947.  On October 14, 1947, with USAF Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager as pilot, the X-1-1 flew faster than the speed of sound for what is generally accepted as the first supersonic flight by a piloted aircraft. Captain Yeager ignited the four-chambered XLR-11 rocket engines after being air-launched from under the bomb bay of a JTB-29A (#45-21800) at 21,000 feet.  The 6,000-pound thrust ethyl alcohol/liquid oxygen burning rockets, built by Reaction Motors, Inc., pushed him up to a speed of approximately 700 mph, or Mach 1.06, at an altitude of 43,000 feet. Chuck Yeager named his plane "Glamorous Glennis" arter his wife Glennis.
 
 
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148th American Aero Squadron 148th American Aero Squadron
148th American Aero Squadron making preparations for a daylight raid on German trenches and cities. The machines are lined up and the pilots and mechanics test their planes at Petite Sythe, France. August 6, 1918. Lt. Edward O. Harris. (Army)
 
 
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15th Air Force bomb largest oil refinery in Europe 15th Air Force bomb largest oil refinery in Europe
 B-24 bombers with the 15th Air Force leave Ploesti, Rumania, after long series of daylight bombing raids against the largest oil refinery in Europe.
 
 
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15th Air Force bomb largest oil refinery in Europe 15th Air Force bomb largest oil refinery in Europe
 Boeing B-24 bombers with 15th Air Force leave Ploesti, Rumania, after long series of daylight bombing raids against the largest oil refinery in Europe.
 
 
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15th Air Force bomb oil refinery, Rumania 15th Air Force bomb oil refinery, Rumania
 Consolidated B-24s with Fifteenth Air Force, during bomb run on the largest oil refinery in Europe, Ploesti, Rumania, 23 June 1944.
 
 
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1st Air Depot at Colombey, France 1st Air Depot at Colombey, France
Personnel from the 3d Motor Mechanics - 1st Air Depot at Colombey, France. 1918.
 
 
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1st Lt. Joseph E. Carberry 1st Lt. Joseph E. Carberry
1st Lt. Joseph E. Carberry, 1914.
 
 
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92nd Bomb Group during daylight raids over Germany 92nd Bomb Group during daylight raids over Germany
 Large formation of Boeing B-17 bombers with 92nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, during daylight raids over Germany.
 
 
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Aerial naval observer coming down Aerial naval observer coming down
Returning from a U-Boat scouting party. Aerial naval observer coming down from a "Blimp" type balloon after a scouting tour somewhere in France on the Atlantic Coast, 1918.
 
 
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Aero Spacelines Super Guppy to ferry X-24 and HL-10 Aero Spacelines Super Guppy to ferry X-24 and HL-10
The Aero Spacelines B377SG Super Guppy was at Dryden in May, 1976, to ferry the X-24 and HL-10 lifting bodies from the Center to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The oversized cargo aircraft is a further modification of the B377PG Pregnant Guppy, which was built to transport outsized cargo for NASA's Apollo program, primarily to carry portions of the Saturn V rockets from the manufacturer to Cape Canaveral. The original Guppy modification incorporated the wings, engines, lower fuselage and tail from a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser with a huge upper fuselage more than 20 feet in diameter.  The Super Guppy further expanded the fuselage, replaced the original piston engines with more powerful turbo-prop engines, and added a taller vertical tail for better lateral stability.
 
 
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Aeroplane Graflex camera Aeroplane Graflex camera
Aeroplane Graflex camera in action near the Western front, 1917.
 
 
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Airco DH9 Bomber Airco DH9 Bomber
Airco DH9 Bomber used by the Royal Air Force, July 1917.
 
 
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Airco DH9 Bomber Airco DH9 Bomber
Airco DH9 Bombers in flight,  Royal Air Force 1917.
 
 
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Aircraft and camp at Kill Devil Hills, 1903 Aircraft and camp at Kill Devil Hills, 1903
 Aircraft and building where it was housed, the smaller building is used as a workshop and living quarters. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Nov 24, 1903.
 
 
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Airplane pilot and passenger seats Airplane pilot and passenger seats
 Close-up view of airplane pilot and passenger seats 1911.
 
 
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Airspeed Horsa Cockpit Airspeed Horsa Cockpit
Airspeed Horsa Cockpit, Horsa Mk I was a World War II troop-carrying glider built by the British company Airspeed Ltd.
 
 
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Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying glider Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying glider
 Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying glider. The Airspeed AS.51 or Horsa Mk I was a World War II troop-carrying glider built by the British company Airspeed Ltd and subcontractors and used for air assault by British and Allied armed forces. It was named after Horsa, the legendary 5th century conqueror of Southern Britain.
 
 
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American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker
 American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker of the 94th Aero Squadron is standing up in his Spad plane, near Rembercourt, France. October 18, 1918. Sgt. Gideon J. Eikleberry. (Army)
 
 
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American pilot Lt. Earl Carroll American pilot Lt. Earl Carroll
Lt. Earl Carroll prominent composer, is now a full-fledged aviator in the U.S. Service. He is shown beside his fast scout machine in France,1918.
 
 
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Annotated photo shows rear view of X-24A lifting body Annotated photo shows rear view of X-24A lifting body
 This annotated photo shows a rear view of the X-24A lifting body research vehicle, emphasizing the control surfaces used for the subsonic portions of the aircraft’s flights.  The X-24A was flown 28 times in the program that, like the HL-10, validated the concept that a Space Shuttle vehicle could be landed unpowered. The fastest speed achieved by the X-24A was 1,036 miles per hour (mph--Mach 1.6). Its maximum altitude was 71,400 feet. It was powered by an XLR-11 rocket engine with a maximum theoretical vacuum thrust of 8,480 pounds.
 
 
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Army Corps with many types of cameras Army Corps with many types of cameras
1st Army, 14th Photo "The Balloonatic Section". Capt. A. W. Stevens (center, front row) and personnel with many types of still cameras used during World War I, 1918.
 
 
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Avro Lancaster bomber Avro Lancaster bomber
 The Avro Lancaster bomber or "Lanc" or "Lankie," as it became affectionately known,became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, "delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties."  Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber, it excelled in many other roles including daylight precision bombing, and gained worldwide renown as the "Dam Buster" used in the 1943 Operation Chastise raids on Germany's Ruhr Valley dams.
 
 
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Avro Lancaster Mk 1 Bomber Avro Lancaster Mk 1 Bomber
 The Avro Lancaster B Mk 1, was a British four-engine World War II bomber aircraft made initially by Avro for the British Royal Air Force "RAF."  Avro Lancaster first saw active service in 1942, and together with the Handley-Page Halifax it was one of the main heavy bombers of the RAF.
 
 
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B-17 bomber with fuel truck B-17 bomber with fuel truck
 Boeing B-17F bomber in the maintenance area while receiving a load of fuel prior to bomb run..
 
 
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B-17 Bombers flying over Germany B-17 Bombers flying over Germany
 Formation of Boeing B-17 bombers with 532nd Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, flying over Germany. Rare color Image.
 
 
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B-17 Flying Fortress in flight B-17 Flying Fortress in flight
 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in flight.
 
 
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B-17 Flying Fortress with 379th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress with 379th Bomb Group
 A group of Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress with 379th Bomb Group, 524th and 525th Bomb Squadrons flying over France.
 
 
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B-17 show contrails during daylight raids, Germany B-17 show contrails during daylight raids, Germany
 Boeing B-17 bombers with 8th Air Force, show contrails during daylight raids over Germany.
 
 
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B-17 with 398th Bomb Group over Neumunster, Germany B-17 with 398th Bomb Group over Neumunster, Germany
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses from the 398th Bombardment Group fly a bombing run to Neumunster, Germany, on April 13, 1945.
 
 
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B-17's fly past Italian ocean liner "Rex" 1938 B-17's fly past Italian ocean liner "Rex" 1938
 Col. Robert Olds, commander of the 2nd Bomb Group, developed a "training mission" in which a flight of B-17s (the Y1B-17 was redesignated B-17 when assigned to the 2nd Bomb Group) would intercept a ship at sea to demonstrate the long-range bomber's capabilities.  Three Boeing B-17s took off from Langley Field under the command of Maj. Caleb Hayes with Lt. Curtis LeMay was lead navigator for the flight and charged with finding the liner, which was about 800 miles east of New York City and successfully intercepted the "Rex" after a four-hour flight.  The B-17s made several passes over the ship to allow for still and motion picture photography. The U.S. Navy protested that the flight was not coastal defense, but the U.S. Army made the most of the flight and heavily publicized it in news reels and newspaper stories, May 12, 1938. This photo is from the National Archives and is in the public domain.
 
 
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