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Chuck Yeager & Bob Cardenas Signed First Day Envelope-

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  • Chuck Yeager & Bob Cardenas Signed First Day Envelope- Framed Collectibles Aviation Art
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This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Framed with double mattes and comes in a 1 ½" Matte Black Frame, exclusively produced by Planejunkie.


Dimensions: 15.25" x 19.75"
Signature: Gen. Chuck Yeager and Gen. Bob Cardenas (Original signatures on First Day Envelope)

First Day of Issue Envelope: Honoring the first Flight of the X-24B

Plane Type: X-1 

 Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager Born February 13, 1923 is a former United States Air Force officer and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.

Yeager's career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving as an aircraft mechanic, in September 1942 he entered enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer) and became a P-51 fighter pilot.

After the war, Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. As the first human to officially break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m). Although Scott Crossfield was the first to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter set a new record of Mach 2.44.

Yeager later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany, and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and in recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units he was promoted to brigadier general. Yeager's flying career spans more than 60 years and has taken him to every corner of the globe, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

The Bell X-1 that General Yeager flew to break the speed of sound was a rocket engine-powered aircraft, designated originally as the XS-1, and was a joint National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics-U.S. Army Air Forces-U.S. Air Force supersonic research project built by Bell Aircraft. Conceived during 1944 and designed and built in 1945, it achieved a speed of nearly 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h; 870 kn) in 1948. A derivative of this same design, the Bell X-1A, having greater fuel capacity and hence longer rocket burning time, exceeded 1,600 miles per hour (2,600 km/h; 1,400 kn) in 1954.The X-1, piloted by Chuck Yeager, was the first manned airplane to exceed the speed of sound in level flight and was the first of the X-planes, a series of American experimental rocket planes (and non-rocket planes) designated for testing of new technologies and often kept secret.




Brigadier General Robert L. CARDENAS,   WWII & VIETNAM COMBAT PILOT & YB-49 FLYING WING TEST PILOT.  (1920- ) CA National Guard private (1940); USAAF pilot & 2nd LT (1942); established the US Army glider school at Twentynine Palms CA; Wright Field test pilot; WWII B-24 combat pilot; on his 20th mission, suffering a head injury from flack, he made a second bomb run with two engines on fire and, with his crew, abandoned the aircraft. He parachuted into the German side of Lake Constance, swam to the Swiss side where he was interned until escaping to France; upon his return to the U. S. he served as a B-24 production test pilot, attended Experimental Flight Test School.

Post WWII he tested German aircraft, the XB-42 qnd XB-43; he commanded the B-29 that launched Chuck Yeager's famous Mach 1 flight; served as chief USAF test pilot for the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing during which President Truman ordered him to make a YB-49 flyover flight of Pennsylvania Avenue. During the Vietnam War Cardenas flew F-105 Thunderchief combat missions. After promotion to brigadier general he commanded the USAF's Special Operations Force at Eglin AFB. He retired in 1973.



Authenticity Statement:


We at Planejunkie have worked with famous aviators for 30+ years and inspect each and every signature we sell along with all First Day of Issue envelopes. We have either obtained the signatures we sell personally or purchase them from private trusted sources that we stake our reputation on.


I obtained this Cover from a long time Aviation Autograph Collector who has had this in his collection for over 35 yrs.
He bought it from Al Zimmerman's Auctions in New York in 1984.
At the time he bought it his auctions were the leading auctions in the U.S. for Aviation items. He and his Brother Joe Merman were the guys to go to for these types of Aviation signatures.
He is now selling his Aviation collection for others to enjoy and I am framing these one of a kind items with complimentary photos or artwork. 
There has never been a doubt about the signatures on the items that Al Zimmerman sold back then because most famous aviators were still living and collecting just wasn't what it is today.
He was the leading guy on Aviation Signatures back then, way before the current so called experts decided to convince collectors they knew it all and if it didn't have a COA from them it wasn't to be trusted. 


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