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Created by John Eipper on 02/14/13 7:10 AM

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Chuck Yeager Turns 90 (Michael Sullivan, USA, 02/14/13 7:10 am)

Happy birthday to Chuck Yeager, who turned 90 on 13 February! He is one of my heroes because he was made of the "right stuff" and was on the edge of danger every time he launched in the X-15. He tested supersonic, modern jet aircraft when they were dangerous.

He was shot down in WWII as a youngster and escaped back through Spain, so he definitely faced many perils in his career.

My favorite story about him is when he was feted by a town in Oregon for all his aviation accomplishments. They gave him a new Corvette. The next morning he went into town and traded it in for two pickup trucks!

JE comments: Maj. Gen. Yeager, the first human to break the sound barrier, is a living icon of flight. When Michael Sullivan has the chance, I'd love to know more about the Bell X-1 and its dangers. For starters, it had rocket propulsion (scary), and no ejection seat.

I just read that Gen. Yeager last broke the sound barrier in October of 2012, when he flew an F-15 to supersonic speed to commemorate the 65th anniversary of his historic flight.  Turning 90 is another glorious achievement, and I congratulate him.

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  • Chuck Yeager at 90 (Tor Guimaraes, USA 02/14/13 7:06 AM)

    I would like to add my best wishes to Chuck Yeager for being who he is and one of my very few heroes still celebrating birthdays. Happy Birthday and many more to come. Knowing Chuck Yeager, he probably will beat the longevity record also.

    JE comments:  All the best to General Yeager, and my apologies for misspelling his name earlier today.  (Editing 101:  if you're doing a tribute, make very sure you spell the name right.)  I've made the correction on our website, hopefully before David Duggan notices.

    Yesterday was another notable birthday:  Kim Novak, beauty icon of the late 1950s, turned 80.  I have in front of me a copy of Life magazine, dated 24 November 1958.  Novak is posing on the cover with a Siamese cat.  I'm not sure whose eyes are more seductive:


    (Note to the "Original Life Magazines" folks:  I see that you're out of stock.  I'll sell you my copy for $29.99.  Or half that.  Mine cost three bucks, at the I-70 Antique Mall of Springfield, Ohio.)

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