F-15 50th Anniversary Flown



F-15 Mini-Lithograph with Gold Seal Autographed lithograph, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Supersonic Flight. The lithographs are autographed by General Yeager in gold ink and measure 9 inches by 14 inches. Accompanying the lithograph is a Certificate of Authenticity.General Yeager flew the F-15 Eagle over Edwards Air Force Base, on October 14, 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his breaking the sound barrier. The lithograph contains the 32-cent stamp celebrating the First Supersonic Flight that was released that same day by the U.S. Postal Service. The postmark date is October 14, 1997 at Edwards Air Force Base, California.There are two options available - both types are autographed: One lithograph contains a Gold Seal with serrated edging that was flown by General Yeager over Edwards AFB on October 14, 1997 in his F-15. There are only 300 "Flown Gold Seals": Price: $100The other lithograph contains a gold seal that was not flown Price: $ 75 On October 14, 1947, over the parched and desolate dry lakebeds in California's western Mojave Desert, then-Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, flying the Bell X-1, became the first person to successfully fly an aircraft faster than the speed of sound. The event, called 'the greatest achievement since the first successful flight of the original Wright Brothers' airplane" in the 1947 Collier Trophy citation, was commemorated at Edwards Air Force Base, California, October 14, 1997. Exactly 50 years after the original event, at the same time of 10:29 a.m., Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager reenacted this milestone flight. However, this time it was in an F-15, with Bob Hoover flying an F-16 chase plane. Hoover is an air show pilot who flew chase for Yeager during the original breaking of the sound barrier. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It can penetrate enemy defense and out-perform and out-fight any current or projected enemy aircraft. (Reprinted from the Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show program, October 14, 1997)

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