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(Daily Mail)   Not content to let some punkass soft-drink-swilling Eurotrash have all the glory, Gen. Chuck Yeager decides to break the speed of sound on the 65th anniversary of the day he did it first, just because he can   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 132
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2012-10-14 09:13:53 PM  
The Right Stuff
 
2012-10-14 09:19:09 PM  
Yeah, but that punkass soft-drink-swilling Eurotrash didn't even use a plane.

Now if you'll excuse me I must be back to my hotel and practice my affectations.
 
2012-10-14 09:19:52 PM  
Farting in the TV room isn't really considered "breaking the sound barrier".

/JK - Kudos to Gen Yeager
 
2012-10-14 09:29:59 PM  
Hey Felix. You got any Beemans?
 
2012-10-14 09:51:33 PM  
Can you imagine how cool that was for the pilot? Probably 28 years old, here he gets to take Chuck farking Yeager for a ride. Hot damn.
 
2012-10-14 09:57:33 PM  

pudding7: Can you imagine how cool that was for the pilot? Probably 28 years old, here he gets to take Chuck farking Yeager for a ride. Hot damn.


Kinda what I was thinking too.
 
2012-10-14 10:02:40 PM  
That is cool.
 
2012-10-14 10:11:34 PM  

sno man: Hey Felix. You got any Beemans?


Yeah, I believe I've got a stick.
 
2012-10-14 10:18:44 PM  
Ha, nice! Go Chuck go!
 
2012-10-14 10:27:03 PM  

sno man: Hey Felix. You got any Beemans Geritol?



FTFY
 
2012-10-14 10:33:07 PM  
Wow. I had no idea he was still alive. For some reason, I thought he'd died in the 70s or 80s. I must have been thinking of someone else.
 
2012-10-14 10:33:54 PM  
www.allvideo.org

Best flight sim ever.

Also, I recall reading in a biography of his that he was the only person to have confirmed kills from the air in WW2, Korea, and Nam.
 
2012-10-14 10:38:04 PM  
Where is the Enola Gay anyway?
 
2012-10-14 10:39:15 PM  

unlikely: pudding7: Can you imagine how cool that was for the pilot? Probably 28 years old, here he gets to take Chuck farking Yeager for a ride. Hot damn.

Kinda what I was thinking too.


From what I read Yeager piloted through most of it. He was in the instructors seat.
 
2012-10-14 10:39:43 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Where is the Enola Gay anyway?


no no, you're thinking of the Spirit of St. Louis.
 
2012-10-14 10:40:10 PM  
Reading about guys like these makes my nipples hard. I'd feel better about that if I didn't have these great big manboobs but what ya gonna do.

/Congratulations to you both, mates. Bless your hearts.
//No clue how fellows with balls the size of church bells manage to get their trousers on.
 
2012-10-14 10:41:52 PM  
Then who's the famous pilot whose plane strayed off course over the southwestern states a few years ago and they never found him?
 
2012-10-14 10:42:39 PM  
Put the spurs to it pard....
I think I broke the mach meter, its acting screwy.
Go ahead a break it...we'll fix it.
Can you imagine sitting around a hanger at the flight test center in the 50's & 60's
with people like Jack Ridley, Bob Hoover, Chuck Yeager, Bob Cardenas?
Man...the stories they could tell. Having a beer at Pancho's....
 
2012-10-14 10:42:41 PM  

Introitus: Britney Spear's Speculum: Where is the Enola Gay anyway?

no no, you're thinking of the Spirit of St. Louis.


Correct. And Eleanor Roosevelt was a brave, brave woman.
 
2012-10-14 10:43:23 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Where is the Enola Gay anyway?


Its at the National Air and Space Museum.

I'll have to go there sometime
I have a blast everytime I go to the Dayton AF Museum
 
2012-10-14 10:45:20 PM  

fusillade762: Yeah, but that punkass soft-drink-swilling Eurotrash didn't even use a plane.

Now if you'll excuse me I must be back to my hotel and practice my affectations.


Yes, but that punk-ass, soft-drink swilling Eurotrash did it in the age of modern material science and space travel. Chuck Yeager did it in a day and time when it was thought by many that breaking the sound barrier was impossible for a fixed wing aircraft. Many people expected the X-1 to just fall apart.
 
2012-10-14 10:46:04 PM  

jaytkay: Introitus: Britney Spear's Speculum: Where is the Enola Gay anyway?

no no, you're thinking of the Spirit of St. Louis.

Correct. And Eleanor Roosevelt was a brave, brave woman.


They ever track down that dingo?
 
2012-10-14 10:46:14 PM  

jaytkay: Correct. And Eleanor Roosevelt Annie Oakley was a brave, brave woman.

 
2012-10-14 10:47:57 PM  
He's a general!?
 
2012-10-14 10:48:11 PM  
"punk-ass Eurotrash"

What, seriously?
 
2012-10-14 10:48:14 PM  

BronyMedic: fusillade762: Yeah, but that punkass soft-drink-swilling Eurotrash didn't even use a plane.

Now if you'll excuse me I must be back to my hotel and practice my affectations.

Yes, but that punk-ass, soft-drink swilling Eurotrash did it in the age of modern material science and space travel. Chuck Yeager did it in a day and time when it was thought by many that breaking the sound barrier was impossible for a fixed wing aircraft. Many people expected the X-1 to just fall apart.


And he did it with a couple of broken ribs. Improvised a handle so he could secure the canopy door.
That would never, ever happen in today's risk-averse environment.

/Actually, today somebody, somewhere would file a suit preventing the flight from ever happening
//Noise might scare somebody's sheep, or disturb a flock of birds or something.
 
2012-10-14 10:48:16 PM  
TFA: "Yeager was only 24 when he became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound"

Dayum. I did not know that. Go Chuck!!
 
2012-10-14 10:49:25 PM  

nytmare: Then who's the famous pilot whose plane strayed off course over the southwestern states a few years ago and they never found him?


Are you thinking of Steve Fossett?
 
2012-10-14 10:49:39 PM  

nytmare: Then who's the famous pilot whose plane strayed off course over the southwestern states a few years ago and they never found him?


Not sure, but they found some of Steve Fossett's remains on October 29, 2008.
 
2012-10-14 10:50:34 PM  
That fool McGuckett got runway foam all over Chuck Yeager's Acura.
 
2012-10-14 10:51:28 PM  
Chuck is the original badass. Read his autobiography if you haven't. The stuff he did and would walk away from - amazing.
 
2012-10-14 10:51:32 PM  
I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.
 
2012-10-14 10:52:09 PM  
Stands up and silently salutes General Yeager

/Some things don't need to be cheapened by words
 
2012-10-14 10:53:23 PM  

p51d007: Can you imagine sitting around a hanger at the flight test center in the 50's & 60's


If they ever invent time travel, I'm imaging Panchos circa 1951 is going to be a popular destination.
 
2012-10-14 10:55:08 PM  
They should have coordinated this a bit better so Chuck could do a supersonic flyby right past Felix as he floated down on his chute. Yeager could have yelled something about punk kids in the way or something...
 
2012-10-14 10:55:25 PM  

bhcompy: [www.allvideo.org image 640x400]

Best flight sim ever.

Also, I recall reading in a biography of his that he was the only person to have confirmed kills from the air in WW2, Korea, and Nam.


www.mobygames.com

"Good thing this is just a simulator!"

\198x, CGA, get offa my lawn
 
2012-10-14 10:56:21 PM  
Was farting around in the Mojave Desert just north of Edwards AFB back in '97. Listening to a local radio station, we found out it was the day Yeager was doing the 50th anniversary flight. Just kicked back, popped open some cold brews and watched the flight out of, and back to Edwards. Definitely a CSB for me.
 
2012-10-14 10:59:39 PM  
I know a few people who have met him and unfortunately he's a grade A sexist douchebag. After one of these PR sound barrier anniversary flights a female lieutenant saluted and told him she'd show him to the officer's club. He barked at another officer to get him a "real lieutenant" to show him the way.
 
2012-10-14 11:01:20 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: He's a general!?


He can be any damned thing he wants.
 
2012-10-14 11:02:30 PM  
Kind of cool that he did that, amazed that they didn't use a T-38 for the commemoration today.
1. Yeager has always been a fan of that plane (has stated on a couple of occasions publicly it was his favorite.
2. They airforce has them on hand for training purposes.
3. Cheaper per flight hour than a f-15.
4. It is supersonic

The oldest person to break the sound barrier was on the Concorde at 102.

Interestingly as a former airman on Beale, and Grass Valley resident, he can be rude eccentric and crotchety.
 
2012-10-14 11:03:44 PM  

RocketRay: I know a few people who have met him and unfortunately he's a grade A sexist douchebag. After one of these PR sound barrier anniversary flights a female lieutenant saluted and told him she'd show him to the officer's club. He barked at another officer to get him a "real lieutenant" to show him the way.


Oh, I've heard lots of stories about him being an arrogant, sexist, generally insufferable prick. He basically has a lot of behaviors and attitudes that were perfectly acceptable in the 1940's, and he's not going to change them to the modern day.

That aside he had incredible accomplishments as a pilot, and is worthy of respect for that. Just don't think of him as a perfect, idealized hero or some kind of role model for a personal life.
 
2012-10-14 11:07:38 PM  
I think it's awesome that they had to postpone the jump so that it happened on this date, it couldn't have worked out better. These guys are both such big studs that they make all other studs look like pu**ies.

I would bet that Yeager wouldn't deny Felix his moment in the sun either. I'm sure he admires the man for the jump.


BTW: I REALLY hate the Daily Fail format. Sure, they have a lot of cool pics, but a giant picture, then scroll down to a sentence or two, then scroll down to a caption or two that repeats something in the story, and it takes you 10 minutes to read a webpage that has about 3 paragraphs worth of info. It's even worse when one of the stories is fashion related, you see six pics of some celebrity with stupid puns and nothing actually interesting to say.
 
2012-10-14 11:08:16 PM  

BronyMedic: . Many people expected the X-1 to just fall apart.


There were people going around until today saying it wouldn't be possible to survive falling at supersonic speed. To quote Joe Kittinger from the press conference "I'd like to give a special one fingered salute to those people who said he would come apart going through the speed of sound".
 
2012-10-14 11:11:52 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: He's a general!?


He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1969, and retired at that rank in 1975.

He was promoted to Major General (retired) in 2005.  (The same act of Congress also promoted Billy Mitchell posthumously to Major General, essentially exonerating him from his 1925 Court Martial for publicly stating that bombers could easily destroy battleships and air power was the way of the future instead of massive battleship fleets)
 
2012-10-14 11:14:14 PM  

RocketRay: I know a few people who have met him and unfortunately he's a grade A sexist douchebag. After one of these PR sound barrier anniversary flights a female lieutenant saluted and told him she'd show him to the officer's club. He barked at another officer to get him a "real lieutenant" to show him the way.


He's not really sexist. He is a mega a$$hole to everyone. His Dbaggery is legendary along the airshow circuit. He made horrible comments when Scott Crossfield died. In his biography he went out of his way to crap on Crossfield and Neil Armstrong. Also embellishing events of when he crossed paths with them. He also ran a plane off the side of a runway trying to land a few years ago.
 
2012-10-14 11:16:47 PM  

Maxor: Kind of cool that he did that, amazed that they didn't use a T-38 for the commemoration today.
1. Yeager has always been a fan of that plane (has stated on a couple of occasions publicly it was his favorite.
2. They airforce has them on hand for training purposes.
3. Cheaper per flight hour than a f-15.
4. It is supersonic

The oldest person to break the sound barrier was on the Concorde at 102.

Interestingly as a former airman on Beale, and Grass Valley resident, he can be rude eccentric and crotchety.


Yeager had a cameo in The Right Stuff and I believe his charachter was billed as "crotchety old man" He was the old man in Pancho's who offered the suits some moonshine
 
2012-10-14 11:18:29 PM  
Chuck Yeager is known throughout the pilot community as a complete asshole. I'm impressed by his accomplishments but I know there are many men out there who could've and would've done the same thing if their name had been picked out of the hat. As a professional aviator, I'll never look up to this man.
 
2012-10-14 11:19:44 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Where is the Enola Gay anyway?


CSB

In the late 80's, they flew the Enola Gay into Hill Air Force Base in Utah as part of their air show. They even had a couple of the crewmen (both were on board when they bombed Hiroshima) sitting around who would tell you anything you ever wanted to know about her, the missions, etc. Very cool to meet them and get to see the plane up close.

/CSB
 
2012-10-14 11:22:01 PM  
I bet you he got a lot of poon back in the day
 
2012-10-14 11:22:45 PM  
What REALLY takes balls is breaking the sound-barrier in an F-15D that looks like it has bubblegum and duct-tape holding the front windshield on.

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