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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 131
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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.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
zez
2012-10-14 11:22:54 PM  
Surprised he didn't go through the farmer's market at mach 1.5
 
2012-10-14 11:24:41 PM  

whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.


He almost certainly has (read the testimonials in this thread). I meet lots of people of his generation, and they generally think I'm a nice young man, and we get along fine. But you don't ever, ever want the subject to turn towards politics, because then you find out what awful things some of these nice old folks believe. You just nod and smile politely, and take the first opportunity that comes along to steer the subject to something else.

My great uncle is a WW-2 vet, and I respect him for that. But he went off the deep end after 9/11, and I haven't spoken to him in about eight years.
 
zez
2012-10-14 11:26:01 PM  
Was the left blinker on the whole time?
 
2012-10-14 11:26:37 PM  

aspAddict: In the late 80's, they flew the Enola Gay into Hill Air Force Base in Utah as part of their air show


The Enola Gay has been at the Smithsonian for 50+ years
 
2012-10-14 11:31:44 PM  

Alleyoop: 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.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x396]


Hey, that's a cockpit designed in the 70s - compared to a P-51 I bet Chuck thought he was in George Jetson's rig.
 
2012-10-14 11:35:26 PM  
It's actually pretty sad when think about it, someone who had a moment and has been chasing that glory ever since, even though his time has passed him by. I mean, good job for what you did Chuck, but you're essentially the Test Pilot version of "The Buggles."
 
2012-10-14 11:36:18 PM  

Mikey1969: 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.


Did the faller really go supersonic? I think he fell faster than the speed of sound at sea level, but he was always subsonic in the air which he was falling through. He'd have to go a lot faster at 100,000 feet of altitude to go supersonic.
 
2012-10-14 11:39:08 PM  

GoldSpider: 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?


No, because the lever pointed North by Southwest.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:34 PM  
ftfa: Yeager, 89, took off for altitudes more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert at t 9:45 a.m. in an F-15D fighter jet piloted by Capt. David Vincent.

so, um, he went along for the ride? good for him; at least it wasn't faked at a CIA soundstage this time.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:51 PM  

WelldeadLink: Mikey1969: 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.

Did the faller really go supersonic? I think he fell faster than the speed of sound at sea level, but he was always subsonic in the air which he was falling through. He'd have to go a lot faster at 100,000 feet of altitude to go supersonic.


The speed of sound is lower as the air gets thinner, so yes, he did break the sound barrier.
From the Stratos website:

"Breaking the speed of sound refers to catching up with - and surpassing - the speed at which sound waves are produced in the air. The speed of sound is affected by temperature: where the air is colder, sound travels more slowly. At about 100,000 feet above sea level, Felix Baumgartner will need to accelerate to about 690 miles per hour to match the speed of sound, known as Mach 1. Then if he continues to accelerate and surpasses the speed of sound, he'll be "supersonic."

Now I'd be -really- impressed if something could break the sound barrier in water (which is even faster...4871 fps or 3321 MPH in water that is roughly room temperature)
 
2012-10-14 11:46:03 PM  
Hoover should have flown the chase plane this time as well.

/Bob was a better pilot, and he's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet.
 
2012-10-14 11:48:29 PM  

WelldeadLink: Mikey1969: 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.

Did the faller really go supersonic? I think he fell faster than the speed of sound at sea level, but he was always subsonic in the air which he was falling through. He'd have to go a lot faster at 100,000 feet of altitude to go supersonic.


I'm a former NASA parachute engineer so I'm really getting a kick out of........

You need to go learn something. Speed of sound is lower up there. He was easily supersonic. No tricks.

/Here you go. This is accurate: http://www.redbullstratos.com/science/speed-of-sound/
 
2012-10-14 11:54:57 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.


Now this guy has a story to tell his kids and grandkids...

I agree that this would be an awesome thing to do...
 
2012-10-14 11:57:23 PM  

whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.


fark you.
 
2012-10-15 12:00:17 AM  

Bigjohn3592: You need to go learn something. Speed of sound is lower up there. He was easily supersonic. No tricks.


Huh. Good. My personal spacecraft will be more aerodynamic than I expected.

/waiting for flying car
 
2012-10-15 12:08:35 AM  

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.


Actually, the pilot was more than likely groaning that he drew the short straw and had to have yeager in the back seat. Yeager is a complete dooshnozzle and not at all respected within the fighter community.
 
2012-10-15 12:09:48 AM  
He's from Myra, just down the holler from my kin in West-by-God.
 
2012-10-15 12:11:36 AM  
He's got a decent little airport back home...Link
 
2012-10-15 12:12:39 AM  

Repo Man: My great uncle is a WW-2 vet, and I respect him for that. But he went off the deep end after 9/11, and I haven't spoken to him in about eight years.


My WWII vet uncle developed a speech disability a few months before 9/11. He couldn't pronounce the h in Ashcroft right for some reason, it turned into an s.

Not all old WWII vets have turned into teabaggers.
 
2012-10-15 12:13:18 AM  

WelldeadLink: Mikey1969: 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.

Did the faller really go supersonic? I think he fell faster than the speed of sound at sea level, but he was always subsonic in the air which he was falling through. He'd have to go a lot faster at 100,000 feet of altitude to go supersonic.


They say it was something like 834 mph.
 
2012-10-15 12:21:45 AM  

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.


Actually, it was the F-20 he was enamored of.
Basically a T-38/F-5 body, but with an F-16 engine.

/Yeager was a paid spokesman
//still, it was a good, cheap.fighter
 
2012-10-15 12:22:07 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: 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.


And Amway, or what ever they are calling it now.
 
2012-10-15 12:22:58 AM  

weiner dog: 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?


No, he's the one in the movie "All That Jazz."
 
2012-10-15 12:27:34 AM  

Charles_Nelson_Reilly: No, he's the one in the movie "All That Jazz."


No, no, that's the blonde from "Charlie's Angels."
 
2012-10-15 12:29:11 AM  

puppetmaster745: whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.

fark you.


lol I'll BET HE WANTS SMALLER GOVERNMENT.
 
2012-10-15 12:52:02 AM  

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.


Maybe he should have a beer with Curt Brown.
a.abcnews.go.com
 
2012-10-15 12:56:29 AM  
Yeager is almost as famous for being an egomaniacal, arrogant, sexist piece of shiat as he is for breaking the speed of sound. Almost.
 
2012-10-15 01:05:24 AM  

whidbey: puppetmaster745: whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.

fark you.

lol I'll BET HE WANTS SMALLER GOVERNMENT.


I looked at your profile--pretty funny !

I mean you are pretending to be a libtard, right?
 
2012-10-15 01:05:33 AM  

costermonger: Yeager is almost as famous for being an egomaniacal, arrogant, sexist piece of shiat as he is for breaking the speed of sound. Almost.


Is he also racist? If he is, him and the Duke of Edinburgh (The Queen's hubby for you seperatists) should get fully drunk and the resultant slurs recorded for prosperity.

/At their age, it'll only take a couple.
 
2012-10-15 01:08:02 AM  

Dave The Slushy: costermonger: Yeager is almost as famous for being an egomaniacal, arrogant, sexist piece of shiat as he is for breaking the speed of sound. Almost.

Is he also racist? If he is, him and the Duke of Edinburgh (The Queen's hubby for you seperatists) should get fully drunk and the resultant slurs recorded for prosperity.

/At their age, it'll only take a couple.


I have no earthly idea, but I like your idea in any case.
 
2012-10-15 01:09:44 AM  

clyph: Stands up and silently salutes General Yeager

/Some things don't need to be cheapened by words


Completely agree, though I'm sure someone is going to try (or has already -- I haven't read the rest of the comments yet).
 
2012-10-15 01:20:20 AM  

Watching_Epoxy_Cure: whidbey: puppetmaster745: whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.

fark you.

lol I'll BET HE WANTS SMALLER GOVERNMENT.

I looked at your profile--pretty funny !

I mean you are pretending to be a libtard, right?


Nice to know that in your mind, progressive ideology is something people just pretend to do, and don't actually follow it, and if they did, then somehow it's a form of mental retardation.

I can only imagine what your Thanksgivings are like.
 
2012-10-15 01:39:34 AM  
there are plenty of American aviation heroes for you and your kids to choose from. the following should probably not be on it::

Chuck Yeager
John Glenn
Randy Duke Cunningham
Charles Lindbergh

all were men of very deep personal failings after their aviation heroics were over. Of these, Yeager's is probably the least bad (he's basically an egomaniacal, greedy d-bag with a junior high school -equivalent education), but still.
 
2012-10-15 01:40:06 AM  

whidbey: Nice to know that in your mind, progressive ideology is something people just pretend to do, and don't actually follow it, and if they did, then somehow it's a form of mental retardation.

I can only imagine what your Thanksgivings are like.


Is Yeager a prominent political figure? Does he threaten you in some way? Do you have to like him on a personal level to congratulate him for being an important figure in American history?

You have more in common with Teabaggers than you think -- you, too, are always looking for a reason to stay pissed off.
 
2012-10-15 01:45:49 AM  

CheapEngineer: 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 image 320x200]

"Good thing this is just a simulator!"

\198x, CGA, get offa my lawn


Oh God, I remember the time I poured into all the variants of that game. There was this one plane, I think was the X-29 (can't remember) that would develop a vicious back-and-forth longitudinal waggle if you took too long to accelerate through Mach 1.1 or tried to maintain that speed. Gave me nightmares.
 
2012-10-15 01:55:24 AM  

cptjeff: Repo Man: My great uncle is a WW-2 vet, and I respect him for that. But he went off the deep end after 9/11, and I haven't spoken to him in about eight years.

My WWII vet uncle developed a speech disability a few months before 9/11. He couldn't pronounce the h in Ashcroft right for some reason, it turned into an s.

Not all old WWII vets have turned into teabaggers.


No, not all. There are still people alive who lived through the thirties, and remember the WPA, and fondly remember the Roosevelt administration. But you have to admit, they are more the exception than the rule. I go to lots of people's homes with my job, and nine times out of ten, if the hair is gray, the television is tuned to Fox news.
 
2012-10-15 01:58:40 AM  

whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.


Hey! Thanks you for bringing politics into this, moron.
 
2012-10-15 02:18:09 AM  
Just don't let him behind the wheel of a golf cart. Crazy SOB almost ran over me at the last Edwards AFB air show. True CSB.
 
2012-10-15 02:22:09 AM  
taliesinwi: 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.

made all the more impressive by the fact that he didn't serve in either vietnam or korea, no doubt. but, you know, if you played baseball your .333 average would be ok.
 
2012-10-15 02:50:51 AM  

Repo Man: whidbey: I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.

He almost certainly has (read the testimonials in this thread). I meet lots of people of his generation, and they generally think I'm a nice young man, and we get along fine. But you don't ever, ever want the subject to turn towards politics, because then you find out what awful things some of these nice old folks believe. You just nod and smile politely, and take the first opportunity that comes along to steer the subject to something else.

My great uncle is a WW-2 vet, and I respect him for that. But he went off the deep end after 9/11, and I haven't spoken to him in about eight years.


So you took off your hat and said 'Imagine that, me, working for you!'

Friggin long-haired freaky people these days.....
 
2012-10-15 02:57:28 AM  
Anything about him hitting a farmer's market yet?
/dnrtft
 
2012-10-15 03:12:59 AM  
Knowing how Chuck is, it's a wonder he didn't go balls to the wall just to see how fast he could make that F-15 go.
 
2012-10-15 03:52:46 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: 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.


I met Scott Crossfield back in the mid 80's and he seemed like an OK guy. Didn't say anything too bad about Yeager, but you could tell he was not a fan. He told a self deprecating story about running the F-100 into a hanger wall and finished it with 'Yeager broke the sonic wall, I broke the hanger wall".

/first to Mach 2+
//smarter than Yeager
 
2012-10-15 03:57:47 AM  
It's simple to wind Chuck Yeager up. Just shoot up his aircraft.

"It was the morning after the initial Pakistani strike that Yeager began to take the war with India personally. On the eve of their attack, the Pakistanis had been prudent enough to evacuate their planes from airfields close to the Indian border and move them back into the hinterlands. But no one thought to warn General Yeager. Thus when an Indian fighter pilot swept low over Islamabad airport in India's first retaliatory strike, he could see only two small planes on the ground. Dodging antiaircraft fire, he blasted both to smithereens with 20-millimeter (sic) canon fire. One was Yeager's Beechcraft. The other was a plane used by United Nations forces to supply the patrols that monitored the ceasefire in Kashmir."

"I never found out how the UN reacted to the destruction of its plane, but Yeager's response was anything but dispassionate. He raged to his cowering colleagues at a staff meeting. His voice resounding through the embassy, he proclaimed that the Indian pilot not only knew exactly what he was doing but had been specifically instructed by Indira Gandhi to blast Yeager's plane. In his book he later said that it was the Indian way of giving Uncle Sam "the finger" ".
 
2012-10-15 04:10:00 AM  
Pretty damn cool.
 
2012-10-15 06:51:55 AM  
 
2012-10-15 07:47:05 AM  

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?


Wrong-way Feldman. He ended up on a deserted island.
 
2012-10-15 07:57:11 AM  
I got to meet Gen. Yeager in 2005. Came into my base to get a prescription filled and I was working the front desk. I looked at his ID card and thought the name looked really familiar and about 2 seconds later I got this overwhelmingly giddy feeling. Shook his hand, told him it was an honor meeting him. Super nice guy, signed a few autographs, grabbed his meds, and was gone.

/csb I know
//don't care. got to meet the man, the legend.
//slashies come in threes.
 
2012-10-15 07:59:41 AM  
Live in Lincoln County WV where he grew up and the stories people tell about him around here are generally variants of the afore-mentioned buttwipery/dbag w/balls of iron anecdotes.
/am sure Felix B also has a good set of swingers
//and as a space nerd from way back this weekend has been like Christmas AM for me
 
2012-10-15 08:01:51 AM  

Dudley_Nightsoil: Hoover should have flown the chase plane this time as well.

/Bob was a better pilot, and he's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet.


www.kenmist.com

Met him at Oshkosh 2011. A charming man. Took time to talk to everyone. (that's not me in the picture with him)
 
2012-10-15 08:22:09 AM  
shaddup, yeager....I actually thought he was already dead
 
2012-10-15 08:53:42 AM  

kokomo61: Is that a man?

Yeah, You're damn right it is...


Favorite scene in the whole movie.
 
2012-10-15 09:31:29 AM  
Even the Norris, flashes a two finger salute of respect to this guy.
 
2012-10-15 10:23:06 AM  

weiner dog: 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?


That's it, thanks.
 
2012-10-15 10:49:39 AM  
Yay Woot Huzzah! As envirodude typed in vy 1st comment, The Right Stuff.
Also votied FOR.
 
2012-10-15 11:04:13 AM  
just bcs I cd as well
 
2012-10-15 11:32:21 AM  

dittybopper: 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?

Wrong-way Feldman. He ended up on a deserted island.


That would be an uncharted desert isle.
 
2012-10-15 11:36:06 AM  

tennessee.hillbilly: kokomo61: Is that a man?

Yeah, You're damn right it is...

Favorite scene in the whole movie.



There are only so many movie scenes that a guy is allowed to get misty-eyed or tear up over....

1) Old Yeller (It's OK Pa, I'll do it...)
2) Spock's death in WOK ("Is the ship....out of danger?")
3) This one.

....although I'll add the St. Crispian's Day speech from Henry V....but hey. It's Shakespeare.
 
2012-10-15 11:40:45 AM  
I met him in 1989, when I was a very young A1C. He was filming a commercial for the USAF at McClellan AFB in Sacramento. Zoomed onto the flightline in a silver-blue 'vette. After the filming, the Colonel I worked for introduced me to him as one of the newest members of the USAF. He pretty much gave me a death-glare, growled and stomped away. He scared the crap out of me. I have to find the pictures I got that day - they were pretty great, actually.


/CSS
 
2012-10-15 01:34:04 PM  

kokomo61: tennessee.hillbilly: kokomo61: Is that a man?

Yeah, You're damn right it is...

Favorite scene in the whole movie.


There are only so many movie scenes that a guy is allowed to get misty-eyed or tear up over....

1) Old Yeller (It's OK Pa, I'll do it...)
2) Spock's death in WOK ("Is the ship....out of danger?")
3) This one.

....although I'll add the St. Crispian's Day speech from Henry V....but hey. It's Shakespeare.


Try the scene in Hachi where the widow comes back to town to find the old dog still waiting for his master at the train station...

Personally I liked Yeager's portrayal in the movie "The Right Stuff", but it does seem like they certainly left out certain personality traits of his that make him less of a "role model". Still bad ass, just not exactly the coolest guy to meet if you've got boobs.
 
2012-10-15 02:22:19 PM  

Silverstaff: 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.


This. Why do people expect those who do extraordinary things to conform to some PC checklist? I've met a few of the Type "A" people who do the sorts of things Yeager did. They would be considered assholes by many....but they're not going away, and we'd be poorer for it if they did.

/and that, children, is what we call "life."
 
2012-10-15 02:45:18 PM  
Of course, they got Yeager because George Welch is dead.

They were able to verify that Yeager broke through the speed of sound because the plane's handling and airspeed indicator were behaving with the same peculiarities as Welch's were, two weeks prior when he broke the sound barrier.

/who cares if it was in a dive - it was still going faster than the speed of sound
 
2012-10-15 03:06:45 PM  

Dave The Slushy: costermonger: Yeager is almost as famous for being an egomaniacal, arrogant, sexist piece of shiat as he is for breaking the speed of sound. Almost.

Is he also racist? If he is, him and the Duke of Edinburgh (The Queen's hubby for you seperatists) should get fully drunk and the resultant slurs recorded for prosperity.

/At their age, it'll only take a couple.


Pretty much, yeah. There's a bit in his autobiography in which he claims that the reason why there weren't any black astronauts in the sixties is that none of the black candidates could pass the tests. (It's doubly-insulting when, as you might remember from The Right Stuff, the early astronauts were basically "Spam in a can", i.e. they weren't required to do anything except be test subjects (although they insisted on having some control over the spacecraft, and especially with some of the Apollo missions, such as 11 and 13, had to improvise under difficult circumstances).) Here's a list of the African-American astronauts who, unlike Yeager, went into space (except for Ron McNair, who died in the Challenger disaster). Ha, ha! Fark you, Chuck.
 
2012-10-15 03:46:34 PM  

Alleyoop: 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.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x396]


I hate to be petty (but c'mon, it's FARK) but If it's glass and it's on the front, it's already a windshield. If its on the back or sides, it's a frickin window.

\just sayin
 
2012-10-15 04:10:31 PM  

rico567: This. Why do people expect those who do extraordinary things to conform to some PC checklist? I've met a few of the Type "A" people who do the sorts of things Yeager did. They would be considered assholes by many....but they're not going away, and we'd be poorer for it if they did.


I don't really care what he's like on a personal level.. He's hardly the only sexist in his generation.

It's the hero worship I can't stand. He did something fairly remarkable in aeronautical history, but for the better part of the 65 years since, he's been deified for it, and nobody has bought the hype or sought to safe guard the lifelong attention it garnered more than Chuck himself. Which is fine, he can be that guy if he wants to be, I guess. It's not hard to find documented cases of his oneupmanship with peers, or his revisionist/inflated views of his role in history. If you care to look, you quickly realize that he's far more concerned with his own legend than being honest.

Where he crossed the line in my books is when Scott Crossfield died. Within a couple days, Yeager publicly said what amounted to "he always was kind of a marginal pilot, unlike me." Thanks to the cult of Yeager, lots of people believed him. Actively trashing other people's legacy in order to bolster your own is unacceptable in a public figure.

It'd be like Neil Armstrong continually taking every opportunity to remind the world that he landed the lunar lander, he was first down the ladder and Buzz was just along for the ride. Armstrong didn't do anything like that, and is worthy of respect, both personal and professional. Yeager doesn't deserve both of those things.
 
2012-10-15 04:43:01 PM  

dittybopper: 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?

Wrong-way Feldman. He ended up on a deserted island.


Ah yes, with "those poor people." I remember that historical document.

img192.imageshack.us

/collective mournful sigh
 
2012-10-15 04:52:18 PM  

CheapEngineer: Alleyoop: 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.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x396]

I hate to be petty (but c'mon, it's FARK) but If it's glass and it's on the front, it's already a windshield. If its on the back or sides, it's a frickin window.




Canopy, you dolt.
 
2012-10-15 05:00:56 PM  

taliesinwi:
Oh God, I remember the time I poured into all the variants of that game. There was this one plane, I think was the X-29 (can't remember) that would develop a vicious back-and-forth longitudinal waggle if you took too long to accelerate through Mach 1.1 or tried to maintain that speed. Gave me nightmares.


Actually, that was the X-3 Stiletto in Chuck Yeager's AFT that did that. Damn thing was near impossible to take off in. I usually used the option to just start at 10,000ft.

Even more fun was had when using that Airplane Construction Kit add-on. I would always just crank up a jet's thrust crazy high, and just call it the SR-71, even if I didn't really take the effort to make it accurate. I was young. XD
 
2012-10-15 05:04:30 PM  
So, when was the last time Eurotrash posted, anyway.
 
2012-10-15 05:53:30 PM  
So what, he flew a frickin' airplane. he didn't find a cure for cancer! 


Must be a guy thing?
 
2012-10-15 05:56:43 PM  

Daymond42: taliesinwi:
Oh God, I remember the time I poured into all the variants of that game. There was this one plane, I think was the X-29 (can't remember) that would develop a vicious back-and-forth longitudinal waggle if you took too long to accelerate through Mach 1.1 or tried to maintain that speed. Gave me nightmares.

Actually, that was the X-3 Stiletto in Chuck Yeager's AFT that did that. Damn thing was near impossible to take off in. I usually used the option to just start at 10,000ft.

Even more fun was had when using that Airplane Construction Kit add-on. I would always just crank up a jet's thrust crazy high, and just call it the SR-71, even if I didn't really take the effort to make it accurate. I was young. XD


Heck, in terms of overpowered custom aircraft in a flight sim. . .

A decade or so ago, I was looking around on the web for add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator. I found lots of vintage warplanes and X-Planes. MiG-15, X-29, F-4 and so on, downloaded them and had fun with them. I saw one that made me do a double take. .. MiG-31 Firefox.

Yeah, the Firefox. Somebody out there made up a model for MS Flight Simulator of the Firefox, cockpit graphics, good 3-D modelling and all. They also gave it the thrust the thing was supposed to have from the books and movie.

A Mach-6 capable fighter. . .well, holy crap. It was more like trying to pilot a soyuz rocket horizontally than anything else. Takeoffs required only minimal thrust, and even then you were fighting to keep it under control. It was clear the flight modelling of MS Flight Simulator 2000 was NOT meant to model hypersonic flight.

Landings were something else entirely. The only way to get airspeed down low enough was to basically dead-stick the whole thing. Cut engines on approach and glide, because the engines were so supercharged that even minimal thrust would have you going too fast for a safe landing on anything but a super-long runway. You could take off in short spaces, but unless you were damn good at that gliding landing, you'd need a runway which could almost accommodate the space shuttle.
 
2012-10-15 07:37:06 PM  

bratface: So what, he flew a frickin' airplane. he didn't find a cure for cancer! 


Must be a guy thing?


It has been discovered that high velocity motion reverses growth of cancer cells.


/yes, I'm just BS'ing
 
2012-10-15 08:49:13 PM  
Stay cool, great-uncle Chuck!
 
2012-10-15 08:52:58 PM  
whidbey:
I'm down with Chuck Yeager.

As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.

Yeah, because not voting so a socialist farktard approves cancels heroic actions. Sorry, cupcake, Uncle Chuck was VERY conservative, politically, last I saw him, about a decade ago. Incidentally, he is STILL a hero.
 
2012-10-15 08:57:26 PM  
RocketRay:
I know a few people who have met him and unfortunately he's a grade A sexist douchebag.

True, that. Also, AMAZINGLY intolerant of incompetence, reliance on petty detail, and general failure to get things done. Asked me if I had my pilot's license (at freaking eight.) Apparently, "Not yet, Uncle Chuck" was an acceptable answer. I hope it still works...
 
2012-10-15 09:07:20 PM  
WelldeadLink:
Did the faller really go supersonic? I think he fell faster than the speed of sound at sea level, but he was always subsonic in the air which he was falling through. He'd have to go a lot faster at 100,000 feet of altitude to go supersonic.

How do farkers get the science backwards so often? Less air means fewer collisions of molecules, so a sound wave takes longer... hence, it's speed is slower. I probably DO have to mention that last bit, considering the level of scienticianery. *SIGH*
 
2012-10-15 09:28:56 PM  
gunther_bumpass:
CheapEngineer: Alleyoop: 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.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x396]

I hate to be petty (but c'mon, it's FARK) but If it's glass and it's on the front, it's already a windshield. If its on the back or sides, it's a frickin window.


Canopy, you dolt.


www.theme-party-queen.com
What canapes might look like
 
2012-10-15 10:45:55 PM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: there are plenty of American aviation heroes for you and your kids to choose from. the following should probably not be on it::

Chuck Yeager
John Glenn
Randy Duke Cunningham
Charles Lindbergh

all were men of very deep personal failings after their aviation heroics were over. Of these, Yeager's is probably the least bad (he's basically an egomaniacal, greedy d-bag with a junior high school -equivalent education), but still.




John Glenn? Someone's been smoking something. If you're talking about that Keating Five scandal, you might want to check your history. He and McCain were cleared.

Oh look, actual facts.

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-01-01/news/vw-147_1_john-glenn
 
2012-10-16 01:44:17 PM  

just_intonation: Completely agree, though I'm sure someone is going to try (or has already -- I haven't read the rest of the comments yet).


The nice thing about a salute is that you can show respect for a person's accomplishments without giving them the opportunity to open their mouth. The old saying is you salute the rank, not the man... which is a perfectly fitting way to deal with people like Gen. Yeager.

I can respect his accomplishments in the cockpit while still acknowledging that he's not a nice person.
 
2012-10-16 01:58:53 PM  

whidbey: As long has he hasn't turned into a total Teabagger dipsh*t in his golden years.


No, he was pretty much always one of those. Great pilot, lousy human being.

Not that uncommon in "the greatest generation". I remember on of my grandfather's army buddies from WWII. Won the Bronze Star at Anzio. Nicest guy you'd ever want to meet - as long as you were a white male who didn't disagree with him on anything.
 
2012-10-16 11:22:29 PM  

CheapEngineer: I hate to be petty (but c'mon, it's FARK) but If it's glass and it's on the front, it's already a windshield. If its on the back or sides, it's a frickin window.


Actually, it's a windscreen, but whatever, it doesn't look like something I would trust at high altitudes or going through the sound barrier with.

/now please, anybody notice that I ended a sentence with a preposition?
 
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