Tupolev Tu-144 Prototype: Hет !!!

Aviaexport V/O, then and now, engages in the export of civilian aircraft related products from the USSR, now the Russian Federation.

As we can see in this advertisement, they tried to sell their problematic Tu-144 from the very beginning. There were no takers.


Boeing B-29 & Bell X-1: Off he went.

Almost at the moment of release, the bright orange X-1 “Glamorous Glennis” (46-062) is seen here descending from his B-29 mothership (45-21800) bomb bay.

Gorgeous artwork taken from the TAMIYA “USAF Bell X-1 Mach Buster” model box cover. Some artistic licences have been taken: the X-1 is a bit too forward at this stage, its engine ignition is still a few seconds away. This GIF shows us the way it was.

Chuck Yeager & Mach 1: “When I was picked to fly the X-1, it was my duty to fly it, and I did”.

Oct. 14, 1947.

70 years ago today this man accomplished his duty. At the controls of the gaudily painted Bell X-1 “Glamorous Glennis” (Glennis was his wife) the then Capt. Chuck Yeager achieved a speed of Mach 1.06 over the Mojave desert. The so-called “Sound Barrier” was “pierced” for the first time….officially, at least. There has always been rumours of previous passages through that barrier by the irrepressible NAA test pilot George “Wheaties” Welch at the helm of the XP-86 1st prototype.

Superb 1949 TIME magazine portrait artwork of the hero. Yeager wears here the classic Dr. Lombard designed golden flying helmet. In his Mach 1 milestone flight Yeager used a very customized contraction built by himself by cutting the top of a WW2 tank helmet and fastening it to a leather flying helmet.