Going Direct: Two Degrees Of Separation From Chuck Yeager

How his career and legend shaped my flying life, and those of a million other pilots.

My instructor and I were quiet as we flew, winging along, a couple of hundred feet above the starkly beautiful western Mojave Desert. I was doing the flying, working on my commercial certificate (which I would not complete for another decade and a half ), and the guy in the right seat, Si Campbell, was doing the instructing, which he mostly did without saying a word.

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The Top 10 Planes Of All Time: WARNING: This List Goes To 11.
The Top 10 Planes Of All Time: WARNING: This List Goes To 11.

No holds barred. If it flies in the air with a pilot at the controls, it qualifies. This list plays Read more

Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time
Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time

Joby Aviation certainly isn’t a household name today, but that could change the future. Joby is one of the companies Read more

This Incredible Plane: Cessna 620
This Incredible Plane: Cessna 620

Too late for one era, too early for another, this wonderful mini airliner turned out to be both behind and Read more

Just the Facts Aviation News Roundup
Just the Facts Aviation News Roundup

Record snow and ice caused havoc for airports in Texas, a flying non-car’s U.S. prospects dim, homebuilts face a regulatory Read more

8 Great Used Planes
8 Great Used Planes

Plane & Pilot’s lineup of best buys to fit every budget, from $20,000 to $1 million The search for the Read more

Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA
Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA

Terrafugia Inc. announced this week that it reached a milestone in its road to bringing the Transition roadable aircraft to Read more

The Top 10 Planes Of All Time: WARNING: This List Goes To 11.
The Top 10 Planes Of All Time: WARNING: This List Goes To 11.

No holds barred. If it flies in the air with a pilot at the controls, it qualifies. This list plays Read more

Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 Brings F1-Style Racing To Electric VTOL Aircrafts
Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 Brings F1-Style Racing To Electric VTOL Aircrafts

Racing drones is fun. Watching other people racing drones, though, not so much. Seriously, it doesn’t matter how fast they go. If Read more

World’s first electric flying race car revealed
World’s first electric flying race car revealed

Aussie-developed Airspeeder Mk3 is set to compete in F1-style race series this year Australian aviation firm Alauda has unveiled what Read more

The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 is literally taking racing to new heights
The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 is literally taking racing to new heights

Folks, it seems flying cars are now a reality, although the Airspeeder MK3 is not a car per se. Alauda Read more

Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap
Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap

Cadillac may have its Celestiq hyper-luxury EV in mind for the near future, but two new concepts – an autonomous Read more

Ampaire Begins Airline Trials With Hybrid-Electric Aircraft
Ampaire Begins Airline Trials With Hybrid-Electric Aircraft

The company’s electric flight-test airplane is built around a Cessna 337 Skymaster. Ampaire last month flew its Electric EEL aircraft on a Read more