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« on: February 13, 2020, 05:50:25 PM »

Our Watcher is in elite company, celebrating his birthday with that of Chuck Yeager.

Yeager was a WWII fighter pilot shooting down several enemy, including a German jet airplane for a propeller driven plane. After his military service he went on to becoming a test pilot and was the first pilot to "break the sound barrier".

I was not quite three at the time, but in my youth, I knew the name Chuck Yeager as he went on to break many more air speed  records in experimental planes.

I had an interest in aviation at a young age and Yeager was a hero to me.  He's still active and can be followed on Twitter.

 https://earthsky.org/human-world/this-date-in-science-chuck-yeagers-birthday
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 06:00:55 PM »

The right stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 06:19:15 PM »

The right stuff.

Yep...he led the way for the first seven astronauts.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 06:36:52 PM »

Flying experimental aircraft, guy had courage.  I hate flying in "trusted" airplanes

I had an ex boyfriend that broke a speed record too  Azn
And no that's not why he became an ex.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 09:50:17 PM »


I had an ex boyfriend that broke a speed record too  Azn
And no that's not why he became an ex.

I am sure I set some speed records.  You know, when the girl's mother yells from upstairs, what are you two doing down there?   Grin Grin    I did not know I share a birthday with Chuck Yeager.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 08:04:22 PM »

I live about an hour and a half from Chuck Yeager in West Virginia.
He doesn't get out to much, but he did make an appearance at the airport
in Charleston that is named after him. His cousin who's about the same age
runs a gas station less than a mile up the road from me. It's funny, we see
all this technology around us that makes life easier. Yet his pumps are still
the old ones, before they became digital. He has no credit card machine so you
got to carry cash or checks. He's had that place before I was born and I'm 47.
Just thought I'd share some Yeager lore with you.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 09:11:19 PM »

Thanks for letting us know.
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