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  • Becker, John. High Speed Frontier: Case Histories of Four NACA Program, 1920-1950 (NASA SP-445). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1980.
  • Bilstein, Roger E. Orders of Magnitude: A History of the NACA and NASA, 1915-1990. (NASA SP-4406). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1989.
  • Gray, George. Frontiers of Flight. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
  • Hallion, Richard. On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden, 1946-1981. (NASA SP-4303). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1984.
  • Hallion, Richard. Supersonic Flight: The Story of the Bell X-1 and Douglas D-558. New York and London: Macmillan Company and Collier-Macmillan Company, Ltd. in association with the Smithsonian Institution, 1972.
  • Hallion, Richard. Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.
  • Hansen, James. Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917-1958 (NASA SP-4305). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1987.
  • Jenkins, Dennis R. Hypersonics Before the Shuttle: A Concise History of the X-15 Research Airplane. Monograph in Aerospace History, No. 18, 2000 (NASA SP-2000-4518).
  • Logsdon, John M. Editor. With Lear, Linda J., Warren Findley, Jannelle, Williamson, Ray A., and Day, Dwayne A. Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program, Volume I, Organizing for Exploration. (NASA SP-4407). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1995.
  • Miller, Jay. The X-Planes, X-1 to X-29. Marine on St. Croix, MN: Specialty Press, 1983.
  • Pearcy, Arthur. Flying the Frontiers: NACA and NASA Experimental Aircraft. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1993.
  • Roland, Alex. Model Research: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958 (NASA SP-4103). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1985.
  • Rotundo, Louis. Into the Unknown: The X-1 Story. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.
  • Saltzman, Edwin and Ayers, Theodore. Selected Examples of NACA/NASA Supersonic Flight Research (NASA SP-513). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1995.
  • Wallace, Lane. Flights of Discovery: An Illustrated History of the Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA SP-4309). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1996.
  • Yeager, Chuck and Janos, Leo. Yeager: An Autobiography. New York: Bantam, 1985.


  • Champine, Bob. "Testing the First Supersonic Aircraft: Memoirs of NACA Pilot Bob Champine." Wings. (February 1991). Click here to view excerpted version.
  • Garvey, William. "The Outer Limits (Testing Experimental Planes at Edwards Air Force Base, California)." Popular Mechanics. 173 (September 1996): 48-61.
  • Hoffer, William. "History's Best Test Pilots." Popular Mechanics. 162 (April 1985): 78-9.
  • Jones, Robert. "Chuck Yeager." People Weekly. 20 (November 21, 1983): 70+.
  • Mann, Paul "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Aviation Week and Space Technology. 135 #6 (August 12, 1991): 140-141+.
  • Yeager, Chuck. "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Popular Mechanics. 194 (November 1987): 90-2+.

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