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Chuck Yeager goes supersonic
65 years after 1947 record

Los Angeles Times, by Matt Pierce

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Posted By:JoniTx, 10/14/2012 11:22:29 PM

More than six decades after shattering the sound barrier, pilot Chuck Yeager hasn’t slowed down. In fact, he's gotten faster. At exactly 10:24 a.m. Sunday, officials said — 65 years to the minute since Yeager first pushed his rocket-powered Bell X-1 past Mach speed in 1947 at 670 mph — the 89-year-old legend broke the sound barrier once more in an Air Force F-15 over the Mojave Desert, hitting Mach 1.4. He rode in the seat behind Capt. David Vincent of the 65thAggressor Squadron to commemorate the anniversary of his feat,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CDR, 10/14/2012 11:44:40 PM     (No. 8933517)

wow

what a great American.

I salute you General.

God Bless

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vinegrower, 10/14/2012 11:49:42 PM     (No. 8933522)

Met this man once, at a private function, what an arrogant a hole.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mackrand, 10/14/2012 11:57:13 PM     (No. 8933535)

Chuck Yaeger is a Major General, Retired, as of 2005.

Just another day in the life of a West Virginia Native. My hat is off to this gentleman of the skies.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: twculver, 10/15/2012 12:23:18 AM     (No. 8933557)

I concur with #2. Yeager was a great test pilot, squadron leader & fighter pilot, but in person he's rude, arrogant, and generally unpleasant.

Bob Hoover, on the other hand, one of Yeager's contemporaries, is just as good a pilot, and a total gentleman, as are Tex Hill, former Flying Tiger, and Scott Crossfield, the first X-15 test pilot.

I guess the people who make great contributions aren't always nice guys. And being a celebrity for 60+ years might get old. Still, it's a shame. I believe that Yeager still has a duty to pass along what he did and set an example for the generations that follow. My impression for observing him up close for couple of days is that he feels he's given out all the free attention he needs to, and wants payment, in the form of contributions to his charity, for telling his story or even being civil in a social situation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cThree, 10/15/2012 1:04:29 AM     (No. 8933577)

I'm sorry to hear he has a Top Gun complex.

Truth to tell, heroes are damn few and far between. It's not for nothing we remember Cincinnatus after thousands of years.

But that's all right. Yeager was the man, with the sinew and skills, the luck, and the ineffable American essence to soar when he did.

I raise a toast to you, Chuck, and hope that when I'm 89 I'll be somewhere getting a tingle up my leg remembering the greatness of the American character.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/15/2012 1:52:00 AM     (No. 8933594)

I'm sure the muslims built this craft and never got credit for it until Obama came along.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/15/2012 2:36:29 AM     (No. 8933616)

In the 1980s, I worked on a computer game that eventually became, "Chuck Yeager's Flight Simulator", but I never met him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WayneDavis, 10/15/2012 3:22:32 AM     (No. 8933639)

I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH #2 and #4

I hope that is LOUD enough!

I met General Yeagar a couple years ago. He was a wonderful man that loves America and our people, and he was such a very HUMBLE man (hear that #2 and #4?). I sat with him for a couple hours while he waited for a flight and he was a real delight. What great stories he told!

After being with him mono y mono for a couple of hours, I have to think that #2 and #4 would say the same about George Washington and other great Americans that accomplished much. Confidence in one's abilities and talent is NOT arrogance. This man is one of the few people (man or woman) throughout human history that actually changed the way we live.

I spoke to him about his life, about his wife (Glynnis.. he is still 100% totally in love with her though she died 22 years ago -- it brings more than a tear to my eyes as I recall how he talked about her) and his exploits. We touched on breaking the sound barrier, the pre-NASA days, Jack Ridley, the P-51 versus the p-47 versus the p-38.. Mustang, Thunderbolt, Lightning.... such great aircraft! We talked about the movie The Right Stuff, and then we discussed Golden Trout (read his book) and how we both used to fish for them in the Sierras and how wonderful they taste.

More...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WayneDavis, 10/15/2012 3:22:41 AM     (No. 8933640)

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What a great couple of hours. He enriched my life and soul, and, no doubt, probably added a few days more.

Damn, how I wish I had many more days with the man. He is a treasure of historical memories and data.

As for #2 and #4, perhaps you are the ones who are too arrogant to recognize true greatness in a man who is as humble as his West Virginia upbringings.

Mr. Yeagar is a real and a true American treasure. He enriched my life, as he has thousands of others (and perhaps millions more). He is an amazing man and a true American hero.

And in case you wondered, Chuck is another vote for conservatives.

I am glad for him and all that he has done and does.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jeff100, 10/15/2012 3:26:14 AM     (No. 8933641)

I read his bio, 'Yeager', and he truly is a man among men, and a hero, for many reasons.

And I don't care whether he gives people a warm fuzzy feeling or if he's arrogant as hell.

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