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[Moderator mode]Don't we have a "Today in History" thread? If you find it please post the link so I can merge them. Thanks [/moderator]


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U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a combat fighter during World War II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, but he escaped capture with the assistance of the French Underground. After the war, he was among several volunteers chosen to test-fly the experimental X-1 rocket plane, built by the Bell Aircraft Company to explore the possibility of supersonic flight.

For years, many aviators believed that man was not meant to fly faster than the speed of sound, theorizing that transonic drag rise would tear any aircraft apart. All that changed on October 14, 1947, when Yeager flew the X-1 over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. The X-1 was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 aircraft and then released through the bomb bay, rocketing to 40,000 feet and exceeding 662 miles per hour (the sound barrier at that altitude). The rocket plane, nicknamed "Glamorous Glennis," was designed with thin, unswept wings and a streamlined fuselage modeled after a .50-caliber bullet.

Because of the secrecy of the project, Bell and Yeager's achievement was not announced until June 1948. Yeager continued to serve as a test pilot, and in 1953 he flew 1,650 miles per hour in an X-1A rocket plane. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1975 with the rank of brigadier general.

Way cool guy. My brother and I revered him as a hero.
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watch "The Right Stuff". Starts out with Yeager and the test pilots, hell he's even IN the movie himself
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watch "The Right Stuff". Starts out with Yeager and the test pilots, hell he's even IN the movie himself
Yes I'm pretty sure I saw it, but might try to find it again on hulu. He's always been an exciting character IMO.
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I prefer Buzz Aldrin...

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All those old guys have grit.

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here's an interview in his 80s

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I like Chuck....... He was one of my neighbors for years till I moved......

I talked to him many times, always respectful & humble man.........

I do not really have herO's but he is certainly a very courageous & notable man..

Back then most ppl thought for sure it could not be done & you wold die if you did.............
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I like Chuck....... He was one of my neighbors for years till I moved......
His first words afterward were "Thank God that damn Bill's outta here!!!!...
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His first words afterward were "Thank God that damn Bill's outta here!!!!...


He is just a pretty ordinary guy now days... He has had some tuff times w/ some family issues but I guess given what he has been through it is pretty tame..
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