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Dal sito dell' "AFA" (U.S. Air Force Association) ....

 

....Daily Report del 21 Ottobre 2011 ....

 

Sixty Years into the Unknown ....

 

 

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A single F-16D accelerated through the sound barrier, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Flight Test Center pushing the edge of the envelope at Edwards AFB, Calif.

 

With retired Brig Gen. Chuck Yeager(1) in the cockpit, together with AFFTC Commander Brig. Gen. Robert Nolan (2), the F-16's sonic wave reverberated, echoing Yeager's first supersonic flight in 1947.

 

 

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"When the Air Force Flight Test Center was established in 1951, Edwards Air Force Base had already become well known as the place where aviation history was being written," said Nolan, speaking at the celebration.

 

Since then, the center "has been on the cutting edge of every major development that has transformed the field of flight—the turbo jet engine, supersonic and hypersonic flight," among many others, he added, addressing the hundreds gathered to mark the anniversary on Oct. 14 among test aircraft in Edward's hanger 1600.

 

 

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(Edwards report (3) by Kate Blais)

 

Links ....

 

(1) .... http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=7680

 

(2) .... http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=11619

 

(3) .... http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123276487

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Già .... nel 1997 ....

 

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On 14 October 1997, Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager flew a McDonnell Douglas F-15D at Mach 1.35, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his being the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound on 14 October 1947 in the Bell X-1.

 

The flight was also Gen.Yeager's last military flight, ending 55 years and one month in Air Force cockpits.

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Sono figure che, nella loro vita, hanno dimostrato una grande tenacia e, quanto a tenacia, penso valga la pena di ricordare anche ....

 

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.... Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton ....

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Kent_Slayton ....

 

.... uno dei "7" inizialmente selezionati per le missioni "Mercury" che, scartato per motivi di salute, riuscì a volare nello spazio, grazie a determinazione e sacrifici, soltanto all'età di 51 anni nella missione congiunta USA-URSS (Apollo–Soyuz Test Project) nel 1975 ....

 

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.... l'ultima delle missioni "Apollo" ....

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programma_test_Apollo-Sojuz

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