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(BusinessWeek)   If you run an airline it's no big deal to piss off a passenger, it's another thing entirely to piss off Chuck Yeager   ( businessweek.com) divider line
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2010-01-01 03:55:26 PM  
It'll never fly.
 
2010-01-01 04:03:47 PM  
Holy crap. Yeager's still alive? That's hardcore..you'd think "plane crash" would have been in the cards years ago.
 
2010-01-01 04:05:05 PM  
I hope he asks for a stick of Beemans.
 
2010-01-01 04:14:51 PM  

RocketRod: I hope he asks for a stick of Beemans.


Hey Ridley...
 
2010-01-01 04:17:37 PM  

Somaticasual: Yeager's still alive? That's hardcore..you'd think "plane crash" would have been in the cards years ago.


Oh, he's crashed before, but he's too tough to die from something as simple as that.

If I remember right, he was shot down over Pakistan or Afghanistan in the 80's...
 
2010-01-01 04:26:26 PM  
Get off of his air.

/totally with you there Chuck
 
2010-01-01 04:32:23 PM  

Anaxphone: Somaticasual: Yeager's still alive? That's hardcore..you'd think "plane crash" would have been in the cards years ago.

Oh, he's crashed before, but he's too tough to die from something as simple as that.

If I remember right, he was shot down over Pakistan or Afghanistan in the 80's...


I heard he's doing some freelancing over Iran now.
 
2010-01-01 04:36:19 PM  

Errk: I heard he's doing some freelancing over Iran now.


Not sure if you're serious, but it wouldn't shock me.

He's one tough mofo.
 
2010-01-01 05:24:10 PM  
He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.

So yeah, I wouldn't step on his toes if I could help it.
 
2010-01-01 05:52:15 PM  
Meh. I'm no expert, but Yeager is a public figure and the ad copy wasn't written in a way that gave the impression he was endorsing the service.

IOW, He isn't going to get anywhere with his lawsuit. Somebody should just give Yeager a can of Ensure and set him down in front of a TV with Matlock on. He should forget all about this suing nonsense by the first commercial break.



/Being a hell of a pilot does not excuse one from being a litigious asshole.

 
2010-01-01 06:19:22 PM  

CheekyMunky: He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.


My brother-in-law flies a Hawker for some law firm in Texas and the lawyers used to give Yeager a lift every once in awhile, I had started flying lessons about the same time in another state. I remembered an Oliphant cartoon from years earlier about Oliver North's pilot flying guns to the Contras in a C-130 by himself with nothing but "a pearl handled revolver and a Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager under the seat."

I found it amusing and asked my brother-in-law if he could get me one. A week later I had a pocket-sized Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager to me (Good Luck, Rick) that I carried in my chart case for over 20 years until we went to electronic charts. I still have it, but we don't carry charts anymore.

Yeager said it was the only Bible he had ever autographed. Every other pilot I've showed it to wanted one like it, so if Yeager if gets low on cash he can rest easy knowing he could sell thousands of those.

///heard the asshole stories as well
 
2010-01-01 06:22:24 PM  
Is it illegal to state someone's name in an ad now? It's not like they're claiming he endorses any product.
 
2010-01-01 06:22:38 PM  
Time to replace all the Chuck Norris jokes with Chuck Yeager jokes.
 
2010-01-01 06:23:20 PM  

cazman: My brother-in-law flies a Hawker for some law firm in Texas and the lawyers used to give Yeager a lift every once in awhile, I had started flying lessons about the same time in another state. I remembered an Oliphant cartoon from years earlier about Oliver North's pilot flying guns to the Contras in a C-130 by himself with nothing but "a pearl handled revolver and a Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager under the seat."

I found it amusing and asked my brother-in-law if he could get me one. A week later I had a pocket-sized Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager to me (Good Luck, Rick) that I carried in my chart case for over 20 years until we went to electronic charts. I still have it, but we don't carry charts anymore.

Yeager said it was the only Bible he had ever autographed. Every other pilot I've showed it to wanted one like it, so if Yeager if gets low on cash he can rest easy knowing he could sell thousands of those.


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2010-01-01 06:23:32 PM  
Sure sounds like fair use to me. There's no way on earth a public figure can win a lawsuit against a company merely for mentioning his name in a neutral context.
 
2010-01-01 06:26:03 PM  

cazman: CheekyMunky: He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.

My brother-in-law flies a Hawker for some law firm in Texas and the lawyers used to give Yeager a lift every once in awhile, I had started flying lessons about the same time in another state. I remembered an Oliphant cartoon from years earlier about Oliver North's pilot flying guns to the Contras in a C-130 by himself with nothing but "a pearl handled revolver and a Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager under the seat."

I found it amusing and asked my brother-in-law if he could get me one. A week later I had a pocket-sized Bible autographed by Chuck Yeager to me (Good Luck, Rick) that I carried in my chart case for over 20 years until we went to electronic charts. I still have it, but we don't carry charts anymore.

Yeager said it was the only Bible he had ever autographed. Every other pilot I've showed it to wanted one like it, so if Yeager if gets low on cash he can rest easy knowing he could sell thousands of those.

///heard the asshole stories as well


... I actually thought this was a cool story, bro.
 
2010-01-01 06:26:16 PM  

Anaxphone: Errk: I heard he's doing some freelancing over Iran now.

Not sure if you're serious, but it wouldn't shock me.

He's one tough mofo.


Dude ejected from a plane, had his seat hit him and smother his face in burning explosives, and he still walked away from his landing.

To experience this for yourself: the next time you go skydiving, jump at 10,000 feet, then let someone hold a lit blowtorch to your face all the way down. When you're done, don't curl up into a ball and scream like a baby until the ambulance arrives, and don't pass out.
 
2010-01-01 06:26:27 PM  

Somaticasual: Holy crap. Yeager's still alive? That's hardcore..you'd think "plane crash" would have been in the cards years ago.


Actually, after reading his autobiography, plane crash would be the last way I would expect him to go. farker could fly anything.
 
2010-01-01 06:27:36 PM  
Yeager once flew a Mig with dials he couldn't read. You go on and try to find another pilot who'd fly a plane he's totally unfamiliar with while having instruments he can't read.

And yeah, he's not the kind of guy you want to piss off. Cause he just ain't gonna put up with your shiat.
 
2010-01-01 06:28:07 PM  
When I earned my Yeager Award in Civil Air Patrol, I took it to a CAP convention and Yeager himself autographed it on my back. My pilot buddies were very impressed.

/cool story pard...
 
2010-01-01 06:28:34 PM  

Oh, it's only regarding advertising. I was hoping for something along the lines of an employee of the airline gave him some bad service like the general public would get, but Yeager didn't go for it and brought the bad service to light.


I wonder if it's the last hour of a flight and Yeager wants to go to the bathroom, if they will say no...

 
2010-01-01 06:30:07 PM  
Who?

Did this guy star in a reality show or something?
 
2010-01-01 06:30:32 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Yeager once flew a Mig with dials he couldn't read. You go on and try to find another pilot who'd fly a plane he's totally unfamiliar with while having instruments he can't read.


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2010-01-01 06:30:52 PM  
Riche: He should forget all about this suing nonsense by the first commercial break.

Last I heard his mental faculties are as sharp as ever. He could probably still recite all the specs of the high altitude F-104 he "borrowed" and then crashed.
 
2010-01-01 06:32:02 PM  
Yeager's the Meister!
 
2010-01-01 06:32:03 PM  

BKITU: To experience this for yourself: the next time you go skydiving, jump at 10,000 feet, then let someone hold a lit blowtorch to your face all the way down. When you're done, don't curl up into a ball and scream like a baby until the ambulance arrives, and don't pass out.


But I might break a nail!

/Happy New Year, man
 
2010-01-01 06:33:14 PM  

Anaxphone: BKITU: To experience this for yourself: the next time you go skydiving, jump at 10,000 feet, then let someone hold a lit blowtorch to your face all the way down. When you're done, don't curl up into a ball and scream like a baby until the ambulance arrives, and don't pass out.

But I might break a nail!

/Happy New Year, man


You too, Oops.
 
2010-01-01 06:33:44 PM  
Sorry, Charlie. Virgin's just stating history, not saying you endorse them.
 
2010-01-01 06:33:59 PM  

skinink:
I wonder if it's the last hour of a flight and Yeager wants to go to the bathroom, if they will say no...


This "security precaution" makes no sense to me. They're locking the bathrooms during the descent phase when the atmospheric pressure in the cabin is closer to what is outside. If the underwear bomber had been intelligent, he would have detonated the device at a higher altitude thereby guaranteeing a catastrophic loss of pressure and causing the maximum amount of damage.

Instead they institute something idiotic to "protect" us, obviously never once consulting anyone with a shred of credibility.
 
2010-01-01 06:34:05 PM  
Rev. Skarekroe: blogs.bet.com

very nicely done
 
2010-01-01 06:35:16 PM  

BKITU: You too, Oops.


Yeah, I need to check back in on that page. I kinda forgot about it when some family sh*t went kablooey. Sorry.
 
2010-01-01 06:36:12 PM  
Kreskin says: "dismissed, with prejudice."
 
2010-01-01 06:36:47 PM  
Virgin should issue a sincere public apology and make a large donation to the Old Badass Home as a sign of respect. They're an aviation company and owe their very existence to men like him.
 
2010-01-01 06:37:30 PM  
I would sue for the hideous ad copy: "Not unlike Buzz Aldrin or Chuck Yeager, you have the opportunity to be part of a monumental moment in air travel" by using wifi.
 
2010-01-01 06:37:46 PM  

joeflood: Time to replace all the Chuck Norris jokes with Chuck Yeager jokes.


Sonic BOOM! Goes the dynamite?
 
2010-01-01 06:38:58 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Yeager once flew a Mig with dials he couldn't read. You go on and try to find another pilot who'd fly a plane he's totally unfamiliar with while having instruments he can't read.


Bob Hoover. Had to jump over Germany one day and made his way to a Luftwaffe base and stole a Stuga in the middle of the night and flew it home.

Go ahead, look it up.

Hoover was also Yeagers back-up pilot the day Yeager broke the sound barrier.
 
2010-01-01 06:39:32 PM  

WhyteRaven74: And yeah, he's not the kind of guy you want to piss off. Cause he just ain't gonna put up with your shiat.


Yea, 87 or not, that guy will swing on you if you piss him off.
 
2010-01-01 06:39:54 PM  
Live in his home county and there are plenty of tough-as-nails old country boys around here.
 
2010-01-01 06:42:53 PM  
Hmmm... methinks the way they worded it "Not unlike Buzz Aldrin or Chuck Yeager, you have the opportunity to be part of a monumental moment in air travel," may present them problems. Are they saying that you have the opportunity to be part of a monumental moment in air travel?? Or could one also reasonably assume that they mean Buzz Aldrin and Chuck Yeager are going to be a part of a monumental moment in air travel (with Virgin Airlines) and if you buy a ticket, you can be just like them??
I get what their intent was, but I don't see Yeager losing on this one. As the article stated, he has made it a point not to allow his name to be associated with anything within the airline industry.
 
2010-01-01 06:44:30 PM  
I'd sue the writer of the article for "seldom if ever". Either he does or he doesn't, do the farking research.
 
2010-01-01 06:44:31 PM  
CheekyMunky:
He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.

So yeah, I wouldn't step on his toes if I could help it.


He's a great uncle of mine. I at least USED to have a slide rule that he used... haven't seen the sucker in ages though. Haven't seen him since I was a kid - he visited my mom and grandparents from time to time.

He was always very nice to me. Gave me the slide rule when I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Family stories about him are almost all very good, matching my impression. Stubborn old goat, though. You REALLY don't want to fark around with him. I remember him telling me that the best way to keep people from pushing you around was to make them regret it every time they tried. Good advice.

He didn't tolerate idiots well, as I recall. If you had a legitimate question, he'd talk to you, and answer it if he could. You really didn't want to go up to him and tell him you were a fan, and waste his time, though. He was always freaking busy, competent, and to the point. People wasting his time, playing one-upsmanship with him, and generally being a waste of skin would no doubt consider him an asshole.
 
2010-01-01 06:48:51 PM  

CheekyMunky: He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.

So yeah, I wouldn't step on his toes if I could help it.


I'm a military pilot, and thus have lots of military pilot friends... several of whom who have met Yeager at airshows and whatnot. To a man, they all said he is an asshole, even when talking shop with other military jet pilots.

He may have done this, that, and the other, but he's never landed a jet solo on an aircraft carrier. Take that, Yeager.
 
2010-01-01 06:48:52 PM  
I wonder how he feels about Charlotte Yeager then...

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/Yes, it's from Japan
 
2010-01-01 06:50:03 PM  
My brother-in-law is in the process of buying a gunsmithing business from a guy in Arizona who's in his late 80's and ornery as hell. Evidently, he's also a close friend of Chuck, and told my brother, "If some cowboy calls and just starts yammering on about his family, that's Chuck... just interrupt him and tell him I'll call him back, since he won't stop talking on his own."

//also a CAP cadet alum, Earhart with device... now I gotta go look up the Yeager award, I don't remember that one
 
2010-01-01 06:52:40 PM  
screw yeager, he was made famous on the public dime, therefore reference to his achievements should be public domain.
 
2010-01-01 06:54:52 PM  
Chuck's a Brigadier General?!?

I did not know that.
 
2010-01-01 06:55:34 PM  
Hey, Uncle Chuck,

If you're reading this, please send me an e-mail at the address in my profile. I think Nancy thinks you died, for some reason. You might want to call her.

/ sorry, Fark... No other way to contact him.
 
2010-01-01 06:57:46 PM  
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2010-01-01 07:01:34 PM  

WhyteRaven74:
Last I heard his mental faculties are as sharp as ever. He could probably still recite all the specs of the high altitude F-104 he "borrowed" and then crashed.


Last I heard Yeager was out of it and was under the control of a young wife/companion, ala Groucho Marx. He certainly isn't flying any more after he ran off a runway several years back. I'd bet that this suit came from Yeager's people.
 
2010-01-01 07:04:45 PM  

GeneralJim: / sorry, Fark... No other way to contact him.


Fark is to be used for nothing productive. You knew the rules going in.
 
2010-01-01 07:07:17 PM  

Merky: Who?

Did this guy star in a reality show or something?


+1

/more of a snort than a LOL, but still.
 
2010-01-01 07:11:44 PM  
I've got a funny Yeager story.

When I was in high school, I belonged to an organization called the Civil Air Patrol. Think of it as the Boy Scouts and Air Force JROTC put together. Kinda dorky, but pretty cool at times (especially the search and rescue part).

Anyways, I can't remember if it was the color guard or our guidon, but for some reason or another our squadron was at an airshow and Gen. Yeager was one of the VIPs at the show (he lived in the area).

For some reason or another, Gen. Yeager was directly in front of our color guard or guidon bearer, can't remember which, when someone called present arms. I don't remember if we were rendering a salute to Gen. Yeager or the national anthem started playing.

For those not in the know, when present arms is called, the guidon is a tall, usually wooden, stick with the squadron or flight number on it. It can be pretty beefy. Usually it's carried parallel to the body at the right shoulder. When moving and present arms is called, it's thrust straight up above the head, and lowered until it's parallel to the ground. When standing still, it's thrust forward, forming an angle beginning at the right foot. For color guard, it's virtually the same thing except the angle begins in the abdominal area.

Anyways, present arms is called, and one of the guys with the big sticks executes the command perfectly and rams the thing straight into Gen. Yeager's face with a precision and crispness that had won our squadron many a competition. To our unit's credit, no one laughed or moved. But, our squadron commander did have apologize profusely later.

Suffice it to say, it was hilarious and embarrassing at the same time.

/cool story bro
 
2010-01-01 07:14:41 PM  
sky king
 
2010-01-01 07:17:55 PM  
What is funny is Chuck is such a whore that he did endorse car batteries and at least one video game. In this instance it is at least related to flight instead of ground-pounding. And yes, unfortionatly, whatever brand of batteries he endorsed, they did not make aircraft rated batteries at the time. My dad needed a battery for his POS Cessna 150 and was surprised Chuch was pushing batteries for a company that did not have aircraft models.

At he is an old bold pilot, a rare breed.
 
2010-01-01 07:19:22 PM  
Yeager could fly a brick through a storm, crash, and walk away. The man is invulnerable.

Sorry Norris, you're #2.

Oh, and Virgin? F'K YEW!
 
2010-01-01 07:19:31 PM  
What an asshole.
 
2010-01-01 07:20:18 PM  
Chuck Yeager, Chuck Yeager, Chuck Yeager, Chuck Yeager, Chuck Yeager.
There. I said it.
 
2010-01-01 07:23:03 PM  
True story: Yeager is the patron at my college of an elite academic program named after him. Every year the new guy at the college station has to call Yeager to get some sound for the annual news item promoting the program. I found out why.

It's axiomatic when interviewing never to ask a question that can be answered yes or no. Now Yeager apparently felt our annual student radio interview was a bother. He answered every question with yes or no. It was like Ruby Rhod interviewing Corbin Dallas. Do not mess with Chuck Yeager. I know.
 
2010-01-01 07:23:18 PM  

cats4rent: sky king


I wanted to slam fark Penny with my little peener so bad....I STILL DO DAMMITT!!!
 
2010-01-01 07:26:42 PM  
To be fair, Buzz Aldrin is probably the second worst aviation figure to piss off. Of the two old geezers, he's the one who actually punched someone out recently.
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2010-01-01 07:26:43 PM  

squealie: Live in his home county and there are plenty of tough-as-nails old country boys around here.


I hear ya, and they probably don't take anybody's shiat either!
Always nice to run in to another WVian on here.
 
2010-01-01 07:30:16 PM  

CheekyMunky: He's tough. He's an incredible pilot. He's led an astonishing life.

He is also, by all accounts I've heard, a monumental asshole.

So yeah, I wouldn't step on his toes if I could help it.


He's one of the two or three guys entitled to be an asshole, IMO. Old as he is, all the things he's done, he's allowed to wave a CAR-15 around and snarl "Get off my lawn" if he wants to. There's not too many I'd say that about.
 
2010-01-01 07:30:25 PM  

Anaxphone: Somaticasual: Yeager's still alive? That's hardcore..you'd think "plane crash" would have been in the cards years ago.

Oh, he's crashed before, but he's too tough to die from something as simple as that.

If I remember right, he was shot down over Pakistan or Afghanistan in the 80's...


i think that was eugene hassenfus
 
2010-01-01 07:31:57 PM  
Comsamvimes: /Yes, it's from Japan

Really? Would have never guessed.
 
2010-01-01 07:32:51 PM  
That advertisement sounds dickish and stupid.
 
2010-01-01 07:35:43 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: To be fair, Buzz Aldrin is probably the second worst aviation figure to piss off. Of the two old geezers, he's the one who actually punched someone out recently.


Came for this. Thanks.

I would have loved it if the guy had decided to go to the cops. Bet they would have laughed in his (battered, bruised) face.
 
2010-01-01 07:35:43 PM  
Was walking through the warbird section at Oskosh in '93. Turned around and almost literally bumped into Yeager. Bout crapped myself. Composed myself enough to snap an awesome picture.

/the man is a legend
 
2010-01-01 07:38:20 PM  
Comsamvimes 2010-01-01 06:48:52 PM

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/it can be beaten out of people
//nuthin' personal
///why in heck did you pick that pic, anyway??
////I peeked, there were better ones
 
2010-01-01 07:45:16 PM  
Used in the historical context it was, I believe Virgin will win the day on this one. If individuals or the estates thereof could sue for crap like this, we'd never have those great matress sales in February.

That said, I have respect for the man's achievements and have heard about his legendary assholishness. I was hoping to link to an article that had Chuck duking out Branson over some insulting service gaffe on the part of the airline.
 
2010-01-01 07:47:56 PM  

GeneralJim: He's a great uncle of mine


Well I'm one of his 57 bastard children and he always kissed my mom and me after he raped us. He's been as senile as a warthog caught in a bar-trap during mating season ever since Reagan was president but we still love him.
 
2010-01-01 07:49:24 PM  
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Hey, misusing my name is hurting my ability to sell DOS-based games!
 
2010-01-01 07:53:54 PM  
Chuck almost ran me over in a golf cart at the Edwards AFB air show in October. He drives a golf cart like he flies: fast and dangerous.
 
2010-01-01 07:54:31 PM  
That fool McGuckett sprayed runway foam all over Chuck Yeager's Acura!

/I'll rip you up like a Kleenex at a snot party if thats obscure...
 
2010-01-01 07:54:57 PM  

Riche: Meh. I'm no expert, but Yeager is a public figure and the ad copy wasn't written in a way that gave the impression he was endorsing the service.


From TFA:

complaint filed yesterday in state court in San Francisco

State court, not federal. Any bets on whether or not Yeager's sued someone in that venue before and won? If Yeager were dead, Virgin might have gotten away with it, but the ad is worded dubiously enough that Virgin will probably settle out of court.
 
2010-01-01 07:57:01 PM  
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also knows someone who knows Chuck Yeager
 
2010-01-01 08:02:05 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Riche: He should forget all about this suing nonsense by the first commercial break.

Last I heard his mental faculties are as sharp as ever. He could probably still recite all the specs of the high altitude F-104 he "borrowed" and then crashed.


Didn't he go Mach 1 in an F-15 for the 60th anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier? That would have been only 2 years ago.

I'm sure it was a two-seater... Nobody in their right mind would let an eighty-something year old go up alone, even if it is Yeager.
 
2010-01-01 08:06:54 PM  

WhyteRaven74: You go on and try to find another pilot who'd fly a plane he's totally unfamiliar with while having instruments he can't read.


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It's an entirely different kind of flying. Altogether.
 
2010-01-01 08:08:27 PM  

JonnyBGoode: WhyteRaven74: You go on and try to find another pilot who'd fly a plane he's totally unfamiliar with while having instruments he can't read.

It's an entirely different kind of flying. Altogether.


No. Nope. Not going there. Uh-uh. You won't get me!
 
2010-01-01 08:09:37 PM  
My favorite Yeager story, flying under the bridge in Charleston. (pops)
 
2010-01-01 08:13:13 PM  
JonnyBGoode:
It's an entirely different kind of flying. Altogether.

It's an entirely different kind of flying.

/yeah, I did.
//respect
 
2010-01-01 08:14:30 PM  
It is only fair to use "asshole" when they are wrong.

When they are as right as Chuck Yeager, stop and take a lesson.
 
2010-01-01 08:16:34 PM  
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat was the best game ever. He should whore himself out again and give us an updated version.
 
2010-01-01 08:18:26 PM  
iwanttoeatyourchildren: My favorite Yeager story, flying under the bridge in Charleston. (pops)

Thanks, great story.
 
2010-01-01 08:21:19 PM  
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Chuck Yeager after his first kill in WWII
 
2010-01-01 08:37:43 PM  
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As a child, Chuck Norris Chuck Yeager enjoyed long walks on the beach, particularly Iwo Jima and Normandy.

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Chuck Norris Chuck Yeager wears a live rattlesnake as a condom.

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When Superman squeezes a lump of coal, he creates a diamond. When Chuck Norris Chuck Yeager squeezes a lump of coal, he creates an African child to work in his diamond mines.

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Chuck Norris's Chuck Yeager's dick is so big, it has its own dick. And Chuck Norris's Chuck Yeager's dick's dick is bigger than your dick.

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Chuck Norris Chuck Yeager is one-eighth Cherokee. This has nothing to do with ancestry; the man ATE a farking Indian.
 
2010-01-01 08:41:41 PM  

iwanttoeatyourchildren: My favorite Yeager story, flying under the bridge in Charleston. (pops)


He's lucky he got away with that. the Air Force has no sense of humor when it comes to flying under bridges. Check out this guys credentials and see what happened when he flew a B-47 under the Mackinac Bridge....he never flew again , regardless of his cred.

http://www.b-47.com/Stories/lappo/lappo.html
 
2010-01-01 08:42:04 PM  

iwanttoeatyourchildren: My favorite Yeager story, flying under the bridge in Charleston. (pops)


"We learned in combat you only make one pass," Yeager said, "because that man is going to shoot you down the second time you come back."
 
2010-01-01 08:46:43 PM  

mud_shark: GeneralJim: He's a great uncle of mine

Well I'm one of his 57 bastard children and he always kissed my mom and me after he raped us. He's been as senile as a warthog caught in a bar-trap during mating season ever since Reagan was president but we still love him.


And y'all hail from West Virginia, you say? Hmmmm. So he's not only your daddy and your grand-uncle on your great-aunt's grammy's side, he's also your pappy's son's uncle's best friend's cousin's grocer's third cousin oncet-removed, amirite?
 
2010-01-01 08:47:18 PM  
mud_shark:
GeneralJim: He's a great uncle of mine

Well I'm one of his 57 bastard children and he always kissed my mom and me after he raped us. He's been as senile as a warthog caught in a bar-trap during mating season ever since Reagan was president but we still love him.

Well, there you go.

/ He always DID like the wild mountain hookers.
 
2010-01-01 08:47:27 PM  
...Yeager went supersonic again at the Edwards AFB Open House just this last August, but he did it in the back seat - the USAF won't let anybody fly solo past age 62 unless they have a special waiver, and as of right now I don't think anybody's got one. He also still does public appearances, so I'm guessing he's still pretty sharp.

He does have a world class attitude, but take a look at his bio - he earned it.
 
2010-01-01 08:48:06 PM  
mr. yeager is as big as the wright brothers and wiley post in aviation. now HE would have made a heck of a president.
 
2010-01-01 08:55:36 PM  
Several years ago, my hubby & I went to DC and my hubby pointed out the Glamorous Glennis at one of the Smithsonians. Since I don't give much of a crap about junk like flight and space, I was unimpressed even though I did like the funky color of the plane. My hubby was couldn't believe that I just didn't care and he made me read Yeager's book when we returned home. I ate it up and now it is one of my favorite books. He comes across as terribly cocky at times, but I think he's earned it.

That said, the copy may be written clumsily, but I don't think he'll win his case.
 
2010-01-01 09:03:54 PM  
I can remember his ads for AC Delco from 1984 as though they were yesterday. He was still test flying the Northrop F-20 Tigershark then, and they used it as the backdrop for the ads.
 
2010-01-01 09:09:33 PM  
MrsHashBrown: He comes across as terribly cocky at times, but I think he's earned it.

It ain't braggin' if you can do it.
 
2010-01-01 09:16:35 PM  
I read Yeagers autobiography when I was a teen age girl...impressed and thought he was "hot".
 
2010-01-01 09:17:43 PM  
Didn't Chuck Yeager have his own demilitarized airframes to fly.....specifically an f-15 "daily driver".
 
2010-01-01 09:19:25 PM  
Yeager's always been a hero of mine, I have two autographed pics and a GG model on top of my desk.....

When The Right Stuff came out, I was in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and came downtown to see the Washington Monument for the first time. Yeager was doing a promotional gig for the movie, and led a flight of 5 P-51's out of National Airport - it was cool seeing them from the top of the Washington Monument.....

/heard the asshole stories, too....but if anyone has the right, he does.
 
2010-01-01 09:25:18 PM  

Oznog: Hey, misusing my name is hurting my ability to sell DOS-based games!


I totally had that game! Could never land. Must've gone through all the Chuck's "you suck at this" lines post-crash at least a million times.

/a mortar shot if I've ever seen one...
 
2010-01-01 09:36:54 PM  
I don't see any evidence that they attempted to mislead anyone into thinking Chuck had endorsed the product or that there is any reasonable assumption that some of the profit made by Virgin was because of his name, as opposed to the sale of the product itself. It's hard to argue dilution of value or any other claim that the name is somehow less positively perceived given the nature of the claim, so it's hard to say what punitive damage, if any, would be appropriate.
 
2010-01-01 09:58:19 PM  
Neil Armstrong's biography recounts how Chuck Yeager essentially hated most of the astronauts because they were almost all Engineers and not 'real' pilots. Neil just brushed this stuff off and quietly went to the moon.
 
2010-01-01 10:00:25 PM  
Yeager's still alive?

But what is Virgin Airlines advertising, anyway? I thought Janet Napoli-whats-her-name has ordered airlines to shut off passenger access to communications systems, which would include Internet access.

/Stalin is smiling from the grave
 
2010-01-01 10:04:01 PM  
iwanttoeatyourchildren: My favorite Yeager story, flying under the bridge in Charleston. (pops)

Sweet helmet, birdman. Is that regulation West Virginia Air Force garb?

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2010-01-01 10:05:46 PM  

Riche: Meh. I'm no expert, but Yeager is a public figure and the ad copy wasn't written in a way that gave the impression he was endorsing the service.

IOW, He isn't going to get anywhere with his lawsuit. Somebody should just give Yeager a can of Ensure and set him down in front of a TV with Matlock on. He should forget all about this suing nonsense by the first commercial break.

/Being a hell of a pilot does not excuse one from being a litigious asshole.


Referring to a celebrity who is well known in a particular industry in your advertising is automatically using them as an endorsement.
 
SH
2010-01-01 10:06:36 PM  
Funny how all military guys are complete dicks.

Fark you Yeager.
 
2010-01-01 10:07:24 PM  

LordBollocks: Chuck Yeager's Air Combat was the best game ever. He should whore himself out again and give us an updated version.


SWOTL was more fun.
 
2010-01-01 10:15:17 PM  

cazman: http://www.b-47.com/Stories/lappo/lappo.html


It's the difference between people who know when to keep their mouth shut, and those who don't.
 
2010-01-01 10:15:55 PM  
Get a grip. This is frickin' Chuck Frikin' Yeager. Brass Frickin' Balls. There is not a single one of us pansy asses wackin' off on Fark and thinking that we is some studley that could even carry Chuck's jock.
 
2010-01-01 10:35:48 PM  
When I lived in Marysville, California in the 80's his phone number was in the Grass Valley phone book. I was too ascared to call it.
 
2010-01-01 10:39:30 PM  
Good to know he's still around I assumed he was dead.
 
2010-01-01 11:34:28 PM  
What I admire him most for is the fact that he became a fighter ace in ONE DAY.
 
2010-01-01 11:46:51 PM  
You can find his autogragh on a collection of speeding tickets in a display at the LACSO substation in lancaster. The tale goes like this, cop "do you have a license to fly?" Yeager, opens his jep case and hands it to him.
 
2010-01-01 11:50:23 PM  

MrsHashBrown: I don't give much of a crap about junk like flight and space


"Flight and space" is "junk"?

(Looks at MrsHashBrown with a WTF look.)

(Proceeds to thwap MrsHashBrown upside da haid with one big dead trout)
 
2010-01-01 11:51:08 PM  
No matter what any of us say in this thread, we are not Chuck.

I think that making zillions of dollars for myself is cool, but that doesn't compare.
 
2010-01-02 12:19:44 AM  

Comsamvimes: I wonder how he feels about Charlotte Yeager then...

/Yes, it's from Japan


his main complaint was that Shirley isnt a short form of Charlotte. yes really.


/pantsu?
 
2010-01-02 12:19:58 AM  
I've met him a few times. My sister was a Yeager Scholar at Marshall University so I got to meet him at the two symposiums he attended during her time there. I've heard a bunch of the "asshole" stories, but he was really nice when I met him.

He was flying back at the turn of the century, but I'm not sure if he still is now.

As for crashing, he crashed plenty of times, was shot down 2 or 3 times over Germany in WWII for starters. There's a reason there were something like 4 "Glamorous Glennis" P-51's in service.
 
2010-01-02 12:24:26 AM  
Chuck did this while in the employ of NASA. As a government entity, all the photos they took and descriptions of their actions are in the public domain.

Chuck, if you financed the moon trip yourself, you've probably got a leg to stand on.
 
2010-01-02 12:26:35 AM  
SH:
Funny how all military guys are complete dicks.

Fark you Yeager.

I believe you're conflating being intolerant of arseholes with being a dick. It's a common mistake in arseholes, sort of by definition.

Next time an army threatens, call a social worker, and enjoy.
 
2010-01-02 01:08:11 AM  
Yeager is a stubborn man with low tolerance for what he considers nonsense. Depending on where you're standing when you run into that, you can certainly come to the conclusion that he's an asshole. (And, sure, Yeager will actually be in the wrong in some number of those cases. He's human, after all.)

Of course, he'd have never gotten back into combat in WWII if it weren't for those qualities. And thus never made ace, not been retained by the Air Corps during the post-war separations, and never have broken the sound barrier in the X-1.

So, the reason anyone's ever heard of the man is the very same reason that there are "asshole" stories about him. It seems kind of silly to to me to complain that a prominent man is the very kind of man he had to be to become prominent.
 
2010-01-02 01:32:47 AM  
Ontos: Didn't he go Mach 1 in an F-15 for the 60th anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier? That would have been only 2 years ago.

Yes he did. .

MrsHashBrown: terribly cocky at times

Given his job and the time he comes from? That's a given. Even some of the original 7 astronauts were not what you'd call modest, Shepherd and Cooper come to mind.
 
2010-01-02 01:32:49 AM  
I find it pathetic that a lot of people here a willing to piss all over Yeager - whose accomplishments are real - but will also vigorously defend your illustrious Prez, who hasn't actually done much of anything.
 
2010-01-02 01:53:15 AM  
General Yeager..flat out is the man..

Shoot's down the bad guys,
Fly's the stuff that dreams are made of and did it.

No...he IS the MAN.

Oh and a movie is made he gets some part...if not for him...movie not made and NO ONE goes to the moon
 
2010-01-02 02:12:30 AM  

phartman: I find it pathetic that a lot of people here a willing to piss all over Yeager - whose accomplishments are real - but will also vigorously defend your illustrious Prez, who hasn't actually done much of anything.



THIS
 
2010-01-02 02:46:47 AM  

spencurai: phartman: I find it pathetic that a lot of people here a willing to piss all over Yeager - whose accomplishments are real - but will also vigorously defend your illustrious Prez, who hasn't actually done much of anything.


THIS


This why? What does one have to do with the other? Why do you agree with this threadshiatter? Explain yourself.
 
2010-01-02 03:16:44 AM  

cazman: Bob Hoover. Had to jump over Germany one day and made his way to a Luftwaffe base and stole a Stuga in the middle of the night and flew it home.


I will always remember reading about his escape.

He escaped when the russians were comming and the Germans were in dissaray. He was also trying to avoid the Russians because if they found out that he and his buddy were escaped prisoners, they would have shot them.

At one point, he was hiding in this farm courtyard with a few dozen civilians. Te russians came in and killed them all. Hoover and his buddy only just managed to convince the russians to save them. One of the russians slit the throat of a woman who was pregnant,(full term). In Hoovers words: the russian soldiers lined up with the cheerful tollerance of young men waiting for baseball tickets. Then they raped her, one after the other.

The image of those soldiers lining up with the cheerful tollerance of young men waiting for baseball tickets will always haunt me.

As for Yeager, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.
 
2010-01-02 03:17:28 AM  

SH: Funny how all military guys are complete dicks.

Fark you Yeager.


1.2 of a possible 10.

You just aren't thinking this trolling thing through properly. It takes panache, it takes subtlety. Don't make me show you how it's done.
 
2010-01-02 03:19:26 AM  
GeneralJim:People wasting his time, playing one-upsmanship with him, and generally being a waste of skin would no doubt consider him an asshole.

Having read his autobiography, I've always assumed that was probably an untold part of the stories I'd heard.

I should clarify: Yeager was my hero when I was a teenager. I'd been playing flight sims for years (including Chuck Yeager's Air Combat for hours on end), a classmate gave me his autobiography in high school, to this day I swoon when I see a P-51. Largely because of the awe his life story inspired in me, I would undoubtedly gone straight to the Air Force out of high school, but I don't have the eyes to fly. At the time, it was a major disappointment.

So I'm not slamming the guy by any means. But I've always felt that even if I were to run across him at an air show or something, I think I'd keep my distance, as he and I would both know I'm of no use to him, and I'd rather not waste his time.

And if I were in a situation where he was actually pissed at me about something like what's in the article, I'd be busting my ass to rectify that as quickly as possible. It's not even fear, really - it's partly just respect, and partly... well, what argument could you possible put forth in your defense that wouldn't sound incredibly petty and lame? You can't come out of it looking good.
 
2010-01-02 03:20:06 AM  
Sigh. HTML fail.

Sorry.
 
2010-01-02 03:30:38 AM  

Verzio: Yeager is a stubborn man with low tolerance for what he considers nonsense. Depending on where you're standing when you run into that, you can certainly come to the conclusion that he's an asshole. (And, sure, Yeager will actually be in the wrong in some number of those cases. He's human, after all.)

Of course, he'd have never gotten back into combat in WWII if it weren't for those qualities. And thus never made ace, not been retained by the Air Corps during the post-war separations, and never have broken the sound barrier in the X-1.

So, the reason anyone's ever heard of the man is the very same reason that there are "asshole" stories about him. It seems kind of silly to to me to complain that a prominent man is the very kind of man he had to be to become prominent.


This is well-put, and I agree with all of it. Which is why I wanted to clarify that I wasn't complaining. From what I know, Yeager is who he is, and he doesn't care what you think about it. I don't get the impression that he's mean, just very no-nonsense with an often forceful personality. And I've heard enough stories from people who didn't seem to be aware of that and came away bruised that I'd prefer to keep my distance as a rule.
 
2010-01-02 03:55:04 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: You just aren't thinking this trolling thing through properly. It takes panache, it takes subtlety. Don't make me show you how it's done.


My thoughts exactly OCS.

Trolling is an art, learned from the masters and revered by those of us that know how it's done.

If you think you're good enough to troll in a fark.com thread, and by the way SH, you aren't, you need to bring your "A" game, lest you be outed, farkied, and reminded of your fail with every post.
 
2010-01-02 05:00:09 AM  
Wow. Two bites within two hours in the middle of the night.

Not bad.
 
2010-01-02 05:10:06 AM  

Oznog: Hey, misusing my name is hurting my ability to sell DOS-based games!


I loved that game, I could land the some of the planes.. some of them just where too finicky.
 
2010-01-02 12:43:36 PM  
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2010-01-04 02:11:10 AM  

cedarpark: Chuck, if you financed the moon trip yourself, you've probably got a leg to stand on.


If he went to the moon, it was on his own nickel.
 
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