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Today in History, October 14, 1947: Test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier
Charles “Chuck” Yeager with the Bell X-1.

 

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Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020)

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia native,
United States Air Force officer and record-setting test pilot,
Charles “Chuck” Yeager has died.

Yeager’s wife, Victoria, announced via Twitter that Yeager
passed away just before 9:00 p.m. Monday night.

The Lincoln County native, considered one of the greatest
pilots of all-time, was the first man to break the sound barrier
when he exceeded Mach 1 as he flew the experimental Bell
X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California
in 1947.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (below).

Yeager also appeared in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff” and
Charleston’s Yeager Airport is named in his honor.

 

Banks honored as Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner | by MLB.com/blogs | Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords

 

 

 

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THE NEWS HEADLINE ON THIS DAY IN 1932

Chronicle Covers: The discovery of the Lindbergh baby's body ...

The body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found on May 12,
1932, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s
Hopewell,
New Jersey, mansion.

Lindbergh, who became the first worldwide celebrity five years earlier
when he flew The Spirit of St. Louis
across the Atlantic, and his wife
Anne discovered a ransom note in their 20-month-old child’s empty
room on March 1. The kidnapper had used a ladder to climb up to the
open second-floor window and had left muddy footprints in the room
and in barely legible English, the ransom note demanded $50,000.

The crime captured the attention of the entire nation. The Lindbergh
family was inundated by offers of assistance and false clues. Even
Al Capone offered his help from prison, though it of course was
conditioned on his release. For three days, investigators had
found nothing and there was no further word from the kidnappers.

Then, a new letter showed up, this time demanding $70,000.

   

10 Fascinating Facts About Charles Lindbergh - HISTORY

Charles Lindbergh - Flight, Kidnapping & Death - Biography
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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MULTI-BILLIONAIRE DIED ON THIS DAY IN 1976

The Madness & Brilliance of Howard Hughes - Biographies by Biographics  Howard Hughes | Biography & Facts | Britannica

The Spruce Goose flew its one legendary flight in Long Beach 70 ...
The Spruce Goose, the first aircraft with a wingspan in excess of 300 feet, the largest flying boat ever built, made its one and only flight on
November 2, 1947, in Long Beach, California. It was designed and constructed by Howard Hughes and his Aircraft Company.

            

Who is Howard Hughes and what did he have to do with DIRECTV ...
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.(December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)


Howard Hughes, one of the richest men to emerge from the American West during the 20th century, died while being flown from Acapulco
to Houston,Texas.

                              Howard Hughes: The Las Vegas Years the Women, the Mormons, the ...

The Secret World of Howard Hughes | Maclean's | FEBRUARY 4, 1985

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Steve Doherty on Twitter: "#OnThisDate 1861 the Pony Express ...

2020 Re-Ride Schedule – National Pony Express Association

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers (seated) for the Soviet KGB spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abel (right) being held by the U.S. 

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Francis Gary Powers and a U2 recon aircraft .

The Glienicke bridge just after the Powers swap
The Glienicke bridge just after the Powers swap.

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