Happy Birthday, Chuck Yeager!

Retired USAF Major General Chuck Yeager is 86 years old today. From Wikipedia:
Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 13,700 m (45,000 ft). Although Scott Crossfield was the first man to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter exceeded Mach 2.4.[1] He later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and in recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units he then was promoted to brigadier general. Yeager's flying career spans more than sixty years and has taken him to every corner of the globe, even into the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

Learn more about Yeager at his official website. http://www.chuckyeager.com/yeageradventure/yeageradventure.htm -via the Presurfer

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I don't know how to GET it, but I used to HAVE 20/10 vision. I could see at 20 feet what a normal person would only see at 10 feet. They usually don't test you past normal vision unless there's a reason.
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Chuck Yeager is my hero. I'm applying to be a Pilot in the Air Force this year and I'm doing a lot of brushing up on my history. One of my favorite things is hearing the sonic boom from the plane breaking the sound barrier. It's very cool.
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Chuck Yeager turned 31 the day I was born, two months after achieving MACH 2.44 (1650 mph) in his Bell X-1A. I'm proud to share a birthday with this great American hero. Happy Birthday Mr. Yeager!
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