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.
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
TARTRESED wrote:The first pilot to fly supersonic on purpose anyway.
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.
Francoflier wrote:RIP Chuck.
You know you're a good test pilot when you die of old age...
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