test pilot

“Jackie, we are at Mach 2.” ” You may be at Mach 2 in the front cockpit, but I am only at Mach 1.96 in this cockpit.” Vigilante pilot recalls giving a nearly Mach 2 ride to Jackie Cochran in the A3J

“Jackie, we are at Mach 2.” ” You may be at Mach 2 in the front cockpit, but I am only at Mach 1.96 in this cockpit.” Vigilante pilot recalls giving a nearly Mach 2 ride to Jackie Cochran in the A3J

The Vigilante Originally designed as a Mach 2 all-weather bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons, the North American A3J Vigilante… Read More

2 months ago

The story of Anatoliy Kvochur, the MiG-29 Pilot who Ejected Two Seconds Before the Crash of his Fulcrum. He survived although he ejected outside the seat’s envelope.

The MiG-29 The MiG-29 was designed in response to a new generation of American fighters, which included the F-15 and… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the F11F Tiger Test Pilot who Shot Himself Down by Overtaking his Bullets in a Dive

Part of the flight test program to get the F11F Tiger operational involved clearing the performance envelope for the firing… Read More

11 months ago

US Navy Test Pilot tells the story of the F-14 Tomcat Fatal Flat Spin Mode That Was Never Supposed to Happen

‘Within seconds the F-14 Tomcat rotation rate shot up to 180deg/sec and g forces reached 7.8g eyeballs-out! My head was… Read More

12 months ago

First man to fly the iconic SR-71 recalls when he flew the Blackbird Inverted and he turned off the Instrumentation so that Kelly Johnson wouldn’t find out

When Kelly Johnson began designing the advanced SR-71 Blackbird for the US Air Force, he appointed Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland… Read More

1 year ago

New supersonic corridor named “Bell X-1 Supersonic Corridor” unveiled at Edwards AFB during the 2022 Aerospace Valley Open House, Air Show & STEM Expo

Maj. Alex "Brick" Shuler, F-22 Test Pilot became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in the newly named… Read More

1 year ago

F-14D pilot recalls that time Chuck Yeager said his Super Tomcat was “the only real fighter” featured at Edwards AFB air show

‘He asked a few questions about our deployment and how it performed over Iraq, asked about me and my RIO,… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s how much Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin earned for their moonwalk on the Apollo 11 Mission

How much money did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin earn for their moonwalk on the Apollo 11 mission? Did they… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Neil Armstrong’s X-15 Test Flight that Bounced Off the Atmosphere

Neil Armstrong inadvertently pulled too high an angle of attack during pullout. The X-15 flight path took a bounce in… Read More

3 years ago

The story of legendary test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown and the Seafire ‘crabbed’ landing

On most if not all the Seafire carrier tests Brown carried out, he eschewed the curved approach in favour of… Read More

4 years ago

Join Test Pilot Jim Sandberg for YF-23 PAV-2 “Gray Ghost” walk-around

PAV-2 made its first flight on Oct. 26, piloted by Jim Sandberg. The aircraft was painted in two shades of… Read More

5 years ago

This former A-10 Driver has become the First Female F-35 Test Pilot

According to Winiecki having the ability to bring the A-10 mission sets to the 461st FLTS, such as close-air-support, combat… Read More

5 years ago

Bailing Out at Hypersonic Speed: the X-15 Ejection Seat

Because of its hypersonic speed and extreme altitude performance, the X-15 required one of the most complex ejection seats ever… Read More

5 years ago

The Story of Mike Adams, the only Pilot to lose his life during the X-15 Flight-Test Program

The loads on the airplane built up beyond the structural limits, and the X-15-3 aircraft broke up at approximately 62,000… Read More

5 years ago

Cool photos show RN and RAF F-35 pilots conducting first night flying trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth has been kitted out with specially-designed LED lighting on her flight deck to aid night time landings… Read More

5 years ago

That time an XB-70A Valkyrie performed an emergency landing on “tip-toe”

There was trouble with both sets of main gear. On the left side, the gear had not fully lowered before… Read More

6 years ago

Here’s why BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley flew this Tornado with the canopy off

BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducted the 'cockpit habitability trial' in his open top Tornado XZ630 Taken in 1988 the… Read More

6 years ago