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Yeager meets Col. Nelson of I Dream of Jeannie.
Before Tom Cruise soared into the danger zone with Top Gun, Sam Shepard, who died Thursday, brought a true American pilot hero to the screen in immortal style. Shepard's breakout Oscar-nominated performance as pioneering test pilot Chuck Yeager was the soul of writer/director Philip Kaufman's 1984 classic The Right Stuff. The actor...
JTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwaGVpZ2h0JTNEJTIyNjAzcHglMjIlMjB3aWR0aCUzRCUyMjEwNzJweCUyMiUyMHNyYyUzRCUyMmh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZwbGF5ZXIub295YWxhLmNvbSUyRmlmcmFtZS5qcyUyM3BiaWQlM0RabVZrT1RabFpEQmlOemsxT1dSa01EUmpObVpqTXpRMCUyNmVjJTNEeGxaMkpuYURwSU5EUkZQcmdmVUlVZ2NZT2d5TFJIUXElMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZzY3JpcHQlM0U= A segment from a U.S. Air Force film follows a single flight by then-Major Charles “Chuck” Yeager. Before Yeager and Air Force test pilots Albert Boyd and H.E. “Tom” Collins put the MiG-15 through its paces, technicians inspected it for signs of sabotage and determined it was safe. The...
By David Bitton dbitton@appealdemocrat.com "Duty!" That's retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager's response to the question everyone wants to know more about: What's it mean to be the first person to break the sound barrier? "I was a maintenance type and since I understood systems, I was assigned as a test pilot on...
  Chuck Yeager Courtesy U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission www.centennialofflight.gov Reproduced by Permission. For many people, Chuck Yeager is a true hero in the strictest definition of the word. Throughout his career, Yeager displayed distinguished courage and performed several extraordinarily brave deeds, although he only considered such acts as following his duty. Many people...
More than 65 years after it was filmed, Jet Pilot movie features some of the most spectacular aerial photography in film history. Jet Pilot is a 1957 film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. Written and produced by Jules Furthman and presented by Howard...
The anniversary of the first manned supersonic flight comes around every year on Oct. 14. Being that this one falls “on the tens,” we will see more celebration and reflection of this famous date when the Bell X-1, with Chuck Yeager at the controls, “chased that demon out in the...
  Chuck Yeager Courtesy U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission www.centennialofflight.gov Reproduced by Permission. For many people, Chuck Yeager is a true hero in the strictest definition of the word. Throughout his career, Yeager displayed distinguished courage and performed several extraordinarily brave deeds, although he only considered such acts as following his duty. Many people...
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Chuck Yeager shares a conversation with Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center Commander, during U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School 75th anniversary celebration at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Sept. 21. Yeager is credited with being the...
During the early days of testing for the legendary SR-71 Blackbird there were some harrowing mishaps, the details of which have rarely come to light. On January 25, 1966, test pilot Bill Weaver and Lockheed flight test reconnaissance and navigation systems specialist Jim Zwayer experienced their plane vanishing around them...