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General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:55 am

https://wvmetronews.com/2020/12/07/chuc ... -has-died/

Also Confirmed by his wife, on Twitter.

Unbelievable life. A true American hero. Reaching 97 years is an incredible achievement, given that test pilots of his era generally measured their life expectancy in weeks.

Rest in Peace General
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:41 am

2020 got another one. Godspeed Chuck.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:45 am

Good lord, what a life General Yeager had. Rest easy old chap.

Still remember gawking as a kid at the Bell X-1 at NASM, wondering how the hell it even flew with such tiny wings and surfaces. My first PC simulator was Yeager’s AFS for MS-DOS, and I read his autobiography shortly before starting real flight training. Thanks for the memories!
 
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Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:03 am

Another icon leaves us - aviation has progressed leaps and bounds because of people like Chuck. He was prepared to take risks so that we can advance. RIP Chuck!

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55225903
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:36 am

RIP, Chuck. These old test pilots had interesting biographies.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:09 am

sad news.

One of the most accomplished and interesting aviators who have ever lived.
I can recommend watching this extremely interesting interview with Yeager from 1991.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqLOBPl_zLc
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:35 am

RIP Chuck.

You know you're a good test pilot when you die of old age...
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:25 am

Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager dead at 97

The legendary test pilot was first to fly faster than the speed of sound in 1947

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy ... er-dead-97

Another trailblazer is gone. R.I.P.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:00 am

https://news.yahoo.com/chuck-yeager-1st ... 13166.html

He boldly went where no man had gone before!!

R.I.P.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:24 am

I didn't realize he was so young at the time, wasn't there anyone with more experience available (and less lifespan to lose) ?
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:01 am

Got to meet him some years ago, in 1979 to be exact, when I was in the USAF. I flew out to EDW for a job interview as a chase pilot for the test wing there. Was sitting at the O Club waiting for the General who was going to interview me and Yeager and asked if he could join me. Turns out he know the person who was interviewing me and I had the pleasure(?) of being interviewed by both of them. Very interesting person to talk to and certainly a straight shooter.

Certainly a legend!
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:55 pm

Godspeed Chuck Yeager
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:10 pm

Sad day.

I hope his wife and his kids can come to some agreement over his estate, funeral arrangements, etc. (or maybe they already have). There was a lot of contentiousness there after they got married.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:31 pm

For anyone interested, this is the passage in ‘the Right Stuff’ where Tom Wolfe describes the evening following the breaking of the sound barrier. The 11-line closing sentence is a masterpiece.

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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:50 pm

Last edited by Devilfish on Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:53 pm

An aviation icon has left us. RIP Chuck Yeager.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:55 pm

Gods Speed Chuck. You were such an inspiration to me.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:38 pm

Aaron747 wrote:
For anyone interested, this is the passage in ‘the Right Stuff’ where Tom Wolfe describes the evening following the breaking of the sound barrier. The 11-line closing sentence is a masterpiece.


I always liked that Tom Wolfe wrote the book rather than a more technically knowledgeable writer. Rather than just spouting facts and figures Wolfe brought the era to life, and really made the astronauts and test pilots out to be both larger than life and also human.

Funny enough though that Yeager, despite being the epitome of "The right stuff" didn't really believe in it. Claimed the only reason he made it was knowledge of his airplane and sometimes dumb luck.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:38 pm

FGITD wrote:
https://wvmetronews.com/2020/12/07/chuck-yeager-famed-pilot-and-legendary-west-virginian-has-died/

Also Confirmed by his wife, on Twitter.

Unbelievable life. A true American hero. Reaching 97 years is an incredible achievement, given that test pilots of his era generally measured their life expectancy in weeks.

Rest in Peace General


Reaching the age of 97 is an incredible achievement for any human actually much less a test pilot. No one in any of my family ever came close to that age my mom at 77 was the closest and Chuck still beat her by 20 years. I respect and admire his legacy but I am not the least bit sad when someone lives to that ripe old age. Especially one that has had the life he has he is very blessed indeed.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:58 am

He shot down 15 enemy planes, 7 or 8 of them in a single day. Remarkable. Hopefully, his legacy will still live on and he can rest in peace.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/us/c ... -dead.html
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:11 am

I had the fortunate opportunity to meet General Yeager on December 16, 2003, at The Centennial of Flight Celebration.
Great person, incredible pilot, a true legend. Godspeed and rest in Peace.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:16 am

The first pilot to fly supersonic on purpose anyway.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:09 pm

TARTRESED wrote:
The first pilot to fly supersonic on purpose anyway.


The first person to 'successfully' fly supersonic in level flight.
 
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Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:07 am

FGITD wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
For anyone interested, this is the passage in ‘the Right Stuff’ where Tom Wolfe describes the evening following the breaking of the sound barrier. The 11-line closing sentence is a masterpiece.


I always liked that Tom Wolfe wrote the book rather than a more technically knowledgeable writer. Rather than just spouting facts and figures Wolfe brought the era to life, and really made the astronauts and test pilots out to be both larger than life and also human.


I caught a story about his death on the news, and there was an old interview with him. I immediately began thinking back to Wolfe's description of the Chuck Yeager voice. Not so much that I believe things the way Wolfe put it-- that affected nonchalance in pilots has a West Virginia accent-- but because I had to stop and listen to see if this legendary drawl fit with Wolfe's description.
 
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Re: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:40 am

Francoflier wrote:
RIP Chuck.

You know you're a good test pilot when you die of old age...

As Chuck said it himelf, the game is to avoid to become a street name.

In his active years it was a habit to name the streets on Edward AFB after less lucky test pilots. But they soon ran out of streets to name.

The base itself, earlier Muroc Army Airfield, was named after test pilot Glen Edwards who crashed and died in the Northrop YB-49 in 1948.

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