Chuck Yeager, First Pilot To Break The Sound Barrier at 23, Dies at 97 - WWII Pilot at 20 Years Old
"I'm certainly not proud of that particular strafing mission against civilians"
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After test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier, he confessed to the highly un-Yeager-like emotion of fear.
Also: Yeager said, "I'm certainly not proud of that particular strafing mission against civilians"... Wikipedia
"I was scared," he wrote in a memoir, "knowing that many of my colleagues thought I was doomed to be blasted to pieces by an invisible brick wall in the sky. But I noticed that the faster I got, the smoother the ride. Suddenly, the Mach needle began to fluctuate, then tipped right off the scale."
For 18 seconds on Oct. 14, 1947, Yeager was supersonic — a feeling he later likened to "a poke through Jell-O." The achievement made Yeager an aeronautic legend — "the foremost in the Olympus," according to author Tom Wolfe, "the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff."
Fr @VictoriaYeage11 It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America's greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever.
— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) December 8, 2020
Yeager, who came to personify the coolheaded flyboy and...