October 1997… 50 years after the World’s first sonic boom !
Edwards Air Force Base, retired US Air Force General Charles “Chuck” Yeager stood besides a twin-engined F-15D “Eagle” all weather tactical fighter aircraft, which bore the name “Glamorous Glennis” as did Yeager’s rocket-powered Bell X-1 aircraft he flew to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947…
Although Charles Yeager retired in 1975, he often returned as a consulting testpilot for NASA and the US Air Force. Especially, on the anniversaries of his 1947 flight past Mach 1.0 Charles Yeager was invited to recreate that historic event in a modern day jet fighter.
Charles Yeager, the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound (supersonic), has always been a huge fan of Rolex wristwatches, which he has been wearing during a period of almost 75 years… the Rolex GMT-master Pepsi pilot watch being his favorite.
(Photo: USAF/Rolex advertissement)