Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Brig. General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager
Chuck Yeager logged over 10,000 hours in 180 different military aircraft, including foreign and experimental rocket aircraft.
In 1947 Yeager, piloting the X-1, broke Mach 1 at Edwards AFB. He continued to fly the X-1 as a research vehicle and checked out other pilots in the aircraft.
In 1953 he flew the Bell X-1A to break Mach 2 (Mach 2.435 - 1650 mph at 70,000 ft.).
Yeager was the first American to test a captured Russian Mig 15. Among his many flights are: F-86; F-100; X-1 (34 flights); X-3 (3 flights); X-4 (7 flights); F-80 acceleration tests; and chase for Joe Walker and Jackie Cochran.
Yeager served as commandant of the Edwards AFB Air Force Test Pilot School from 1962 - 66. He was Director of Aerospace Safety for the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center at Norton AFB and commander of the 17th Fighter Squadron at Hahn Air Base, Germany. He also served as Commandant of the Edwards AFB Aerospace Research Pilot School.
Yeager was born in 1923 in Myra, West Virginia. He graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, in 1951. He trained at the Air Force Test Pilot School in 1946.
He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has been honored by: the Congressional Medal of Honor; MacKay Trophy (1948); Aviatorís Valor Award (1953); Harmon International Trophy
Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who are associated with Edwards AFB. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment.
Erected by City Of Lancaster.
Location. 34° 41.867′ N, 118° 8.475′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lancaster Boulevard east of Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 646 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93534, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel William J. “Pete” Knight (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Wallace Haise (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) (about 500 feet away); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF (about 700 feet away); Western Hotel (about 700 feet away); Tuskegee Airmen (about 700 feet away); John A. Manke (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . . Aerospace Walk of Honor. City Of Lancaster CA web page includes a map of all 100 markers. (Submitted on September 21, 2018.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism •
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