Who is chuck yeager? (OT)

Klaus Major klaus at major-k.de
Thu Sep 2 04:07:34 EDT 2004

Hi Mark,

> On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at 05:17 PM, Ken Norris (dialup) 
> wrote:
>> Actually, the most important achievment of Chuck Yeager, and for 
>> which he is
>> most well known, is that he was the _first_ pilot to break the sound
>> barrier.
>> He did it on October 14, 1947, in an experimental mission-specific
>> rocket-powered aircraft called the X-1, built by Bell Aviation, which 
>> was
>> mounted to, and launched from, the belly of a B-29. He named it 
>> "Glamorous
>> Glennis II" after his wife (the first Glamorous Glennis was a P-51 
>> Mustang)
>> At the time, he was purported to have had a dislocated shoulder, but 
>> he knew
>> the flight surgeon would ground him, so he didn't report it, made the 
>> flight
>> in a lot of pain.
>> In 1990, while I was in the Civil Air Patrol, Lake Tahoe Sqdn, I met 
>> him in
>> person at an aerospace education conference (10,000 teachers, 
>> high-ranking
>> NASA, FAA, USAF personnel, and other 'living legend' historical 
>> figures in
>> aviation) which lasted three days in Reno, Nevada.
>> I consider it a priviledge.
>> Oh, and one more historical item. I think he was the only fighter 
>> pilot at
>> the end of WWII to shoot down the famous German jet from a 
>> piston-engine
>> propellered aircraft (a P-51).
>> Ken N.
> So What? :-)

Oh, c'mon, you started this :-D


Klaus Major
klaus at major-k.de

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