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Chuck Yeager retraces history in the sky, breaking the sound barrier -- again

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    (CNN) -- Chuck Yeager retraced history on Sunday, 65 years to the minute, as the first test pilot to break the sound barrier, taking to the skies once again to fly faster than the speed of sound.

    The 89-year-old Yeager broke the sound barrier in a U.S. Air Force F-15 at 10:24 a.m. over the Mojave Desert, the same location where he first flew past Mach 1 on October 14, 1947, the military said in a statement.

    Yeager, flying in the F-15 with an Air Force captain, told CNN late Sunday that he hit Mach 1.3 and "laid down a pretty good sonic boom over Edwards" Air Force Base.

    Yeager's reenactment of his historic flight came the same day that Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier as a skydiver, jumping from a balloon at the edge of space to make the 23-mile journey.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/us/nevada-yeager-anniversary-flight/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
  2. Boys122

    Boys122 Well-Known Member

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    I would of crapped my pants as soon as I jumped.
  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    You go Uncle Chuck
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Chuck is the man.

    Wish I had a picture of it but there is a killer sculpture of him a the Yeager Airport.

    Here it is, find one online...just love this..

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  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    When you look back at the old test pilots of his day they ran a big risk and did not even know what would happen by going the speed of sound. All these test pilots were men of courage and Yeager was the best of the bunch.
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Chuck Yeager is probably the only octogenarian to drive above the speed limit.
  7. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Wanna bet? ;)

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