Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) salutes November as National Aviation History Month by highlighting the historical achievements that occurred in California.
“California is home to some of the most prominent aviation research facilities in the country,” said Sen. Fuller. “These facilities, combined with our favorable geography and weather, have produced many historic achievements in aviation.”
Among these history-making accomplishments are those of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, who became the first person to break the sound barrier when he flew the Bell X-1 on Oct. 14, 1947. This also includes former California State Senator and aviation legend Major Pete Knight who, on October 3, 1967, flew the fastest manned-airplane flight at a speed of 4,520 mph (Mach 6.72) – a record that still stands today.
From the Douglas DC-3 of the 1930s and 40s to the development of stealth technology, California has had a significant impact on aviation advancements.
“I am proud of the contributions that Californians have made in aviation. I will continue to champion efforts that ensure our state remains a leader in the engineering and testing of new aviation technology,” concluded Sen. Fuller.
Senator Fuller serves as Chair of the California Aviation Caucus, which was created to advance public awareness about the importance of the aviation and aerospace industries to the state. She represents the 16th Senate District which includes the world renowned flight testing facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and Mojave Air & Spaceport.