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Fred J. Ascani gallery.

Hover your mouse pointer over the image for a detailed description. Click the image to view the larger image. All these wonderful photographs were sent to me personally be Major General Fred J. Ascani USAF ret.

Autographs

WW2 and X-1 era

Animations/ Drawings/Other X-Planes

Current photographs

Signed photograph of Major Fred J Ascani (now retired Major General Fred J Ascani, with F-86H. Thank you for all your help Fred Colonel Fred J Ascani (now retired Major General Fred J Ascani, with the F-86 Sabre that he set a world closed course speed record of 635.68mph at Detroit, Michigan. August 1951. Photo courtesy AFFTC Colonel Fred J Ascani (now retired Major General Fred J Ascani, with F-86 Sabre. Photo courtesy AFFTC Portrait shot of the then Brigadier General Ascani. Photo courtesay AFFTC Colonel Fred J Ascani (now retired Major General Fred J Ascani, with the Thompson Trophy which he was awarded for his speed record set at Detroit. Photo courtesy AFFTC Officers club in Germany or France, 1951-53, Yeager gets an award from Ascani. From General Ascani's private collection Major Fred J Ascani (now retired Major General Fred J Ascani, beside F-86H Sabre. Thanks for your help and the photograph Fred This shot of General Ascani flying his favourite F-86H Sabre was taken by Chuck Yeager. Yeager was flying alongside at 10000 feet over France. From General Ascani's private collection This graphic was produced by a friend of General Ascani and depicts his record breaking flight in a F-86F at Detroit, 1951 A famous photo of Chuck Yeager, Fred and the brain, Jackie Ridley. Edwards AFB 1950-53. From General Ascani's private collection John Wayne, Janet Leigh & Fred J. Ascani with X-1 at Edwards AFB on the set of RKO movie JET PILOT. From General Ascani's private collection A visit to the Bell Aircraft Corporation plant, Buffallo, New York 1949-1950. Aircraft 81386, behind X-1 is X-1D. From General Ascani's private collection A close friend of Jackie Cochrane in 1952-53. From General Ascani's private collection Accompanying the Shah of Iran, 1948-49. From General Ascani's private collection Air Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst & Colonel Fred J. Ascani, Edwards AFB, about 1951-53.. From General Ascani's private collection Ascani with captured German Arado 234 at Muroc. From General Ascani's private collection Capt. Glen Edwards, Maj. Bob Cardenas, Col. Fred J. Ascani, Jimmy Little & Lt. Clemence with captured Arado 234 Fred J. Ascani receiving the Thompson Trophy from Mr. Crawford, President of Thompson Products. Detroit – 1951. For the 100km closed course record – 635.28mph.. From General Ascani's private collection At the rollout of the #1 aircraft North American XB-70 Valkyrie. Circa 1961-62, see the person on the podium (Fred J. Ascani). From General Ascani's private collection The “Duke” and Fred J. Ascani alongside the X-1. The Duke is John Wayne. From General Ascani's private collection With Japanese Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff of Japan Air Self Defence Force on Fred's departure from Japan – 1957. From General Ascani's private collection Ascani and his Jeep in Italy – 1942, combat tour in B-17’s. Snooney, is a term of endearment given by General Ascani's wife. From General Ascani's private collection With deposed King Michael of Romania at Wright-Patterson AFB, circa 1949-50. From General Ascani's private collection The Arado 234. Flown by Fred and 5 other pilots - 1948-50. From General Ascani's private collection Jackie Cochrane with Fred Ascani at a Cleveland or Detroit Airshow circa 1952-54. From General Ascani's private collection Fred in the cockpit of Chance-Vought F-7U. Fred made the first supersonic flight of this aircraft in a dive over Dallas. From General Ascani's private collection This was the backup aircraft at the National Air Races at Detroit, Michigan. World closed course speed record over 100km distance 50 feet of the ground of 635.28mph was set in aircraft #2. From General Ascani's private collection General Ascani just after he set the world closed course speed record over 100km distance 50 feet of the ground of 635.28mph. From General Ascani's private collection

Chance-Vought document, for first supersonic flight in F-7U over Dallas. From General Ascani's private collection

General Ascani describing part of his mission to Slovakia at the Gathering of Eagles 1992

On a hunting trip in Germany. Left ot right; Ascani, Yeager, unknown and Bob Uhrig. From General Ascani's private collection Football team carrying Fred off field when winning football championship in 50th Fighter-Bomber Wing in France, 1955. From General Ascani's private collection Chuck Yeager & Fred Ascani near the visiting officers quarters (VOQ) at Edwards AFB, for the Gathering of Eagles ceremony 1997. From General Ascani's private collection Chuck Yeager & Eva Gabor at Nellis AFB, 1954 (Chuck was part of the Fighter-Bomber group commanded by Fred at the time). From General Ascani's private collection With Michael, King of Romania on a visit to Wright Field, 1949-50. From General Ascani's private collection Gunnery meet at Las Vegas, Nevada, 1956. Standing left to right are Ascani, Yeager, Pasqualiccio; kneeling left to right are Baker & unknown. From General Ascani's private collection. Left to Right; Jackie Ridley, Fred Ascani & Chuck Yeager, Edwards AFB, 1950-53. From General Ascani's private collection Being hoisted aloft by (fromleft ot right) Benjamin Franklin and Colonel John Spatz immediately after setting world speed record for 100km closed course in Detroit, Michigan, August 17, 1951. From General Ascani's private collection Fred with his family on his 80th birthday, 1997. From General Ascani's private collection Fred's F-86E, in which he set the world 100km closed course speed record of 635.68mph on August 17, 1951. Signed by Fred and given to me. Newspaper clipping from 1951. Being presented the Mackay Trophy by General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Air Force Chief of Staff. Left to right, Hoyt Vandenberg, Fred Ascani & Kay Ascani. From General ascani's private collection. Newspaper clipping from 1952. Testing the British Hawker Hunter. From General ascani's private collection. Article from Air Force Magazine, June 1964. At the roll-out of the first XB-70. From General ascani's private collection.

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