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Recent Articles about General Chuck Yeager
Punch a Hole in the Sky: An Oral History of The Right Stuff
As Chuck Yeager recently Tweeted: “Pretty good article on The Right Stuff”, this Wired.com article tells the story of the The Right Stuff movie which brought Tom Wolfe’s book to the big screen in 1983, telling the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier and launching toward the exosphere. Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff writer, director) said that Chuck Yeager personified “the right stuff”, so he envisioned a movie based around that central character. As Chuck Yeager, who served as a technical consultant for the movie, refers to the era, “Air Force test pilots who were doing the nitty-gritty work. We weren’t getting free houses or notoriety. We were working our tails off for $250 a month. Many of us were dying in the process. Yeager also is quoted in the article revealing “Some of my friends played extras, such as Korky Kevorkian, a pilot and fruit farmer from Reedley, California. I played a bartender.” Read more.
Duty led to history: Catching up with Chuck Yeager
Gen. Chuck Yeager was interviewed by David Bitton of Appealdemocrat.com. Gen. Yeager emphasized that Duty comes first and that doing his Duty was first and foremost in leading to his successes. The Appeal-Democrat reached out to the Living Legend to get his thoughts on nearby Beale Air Force Base, to help reacquaint the public with an important part of military history, and to share his incites to the modern “Global Hawk Era”. Read more.
Gen. Chuck Yeager was interviewed by Jack Houvouras to mark the 65th anniversary of his breaking the sound barrier. Gen. Yeager shared his thoughts on making history, modern aviation, his scholarship program at Marshall University, and the challenge of slowing down for a man who has lived life at full throttle. Having just turned 89, Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager shows few signs of slowing down, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know the aviation icon was once known as the fastest man alive. Read more.
Yeager wows Namibians
The legendary test pilot, who has clocked more than 19 000 flying hours during his illustrious career, demonstrates that he is still young at heart, battle ready and as passionate about flying and life as ever. Read more.
On Safari with Brigadier General Chuck Yeager
When the Cape red hartebeest dropped in an instant after a perfect heart shot I knew I was in special company. My client was none other than the world-renowned American aviation legend, Brigadier General Chuck Yeager…the General and his lovely wife, Victoria, both hunted with me in the Western Cape, South Africa, during October 2010. A formidable fighter and test pilot whose combat credentials include World War II and Vietnam, General Yeager is a deadly shot, as is his wife. Read more.
In the first segment, Gen. Yeager tells about his World War II experiences as a fighter pilot. He describes being shot down over Bordeaux France, his escape from German patrols, fighting with the French Maquis resistance, and evasion to Spain. He tells about his repatriation and return to combat flying. The first segment ends with a description of his enduring friendships with Gen. Eisenhower and with Jackie Cochran, who headed the Wasps from 1942-1944. In the second segment, Gen. Yeager tells about his opportunity to pilot the X-1 Rocket Research plane and become the first human to break the sound barrier, and more about his friendships with Jackie Cochran, plus Howard Hughes and Poncho Barnes. Hear him tell about the Air Force Astronaut School and his training of the first U. S. Astronauts. Listen to the interview.