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Recent Articles about General Chuck Yeager

Bell X-1 “Glamorous Glennis”, November 2, 2015

Bell X-1 on the floor at the Smithsonian Milestones of Flight exhibit.  Photo Credit: Mike Flynn

Bell X-1 on on the floor at the Smithsonian Milestones of Flight exhibit.  Photo Credit: Mike Flynn

On October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting this Bell X-1 research aircraft.  Yeager named the airplane “Glamorous Glennis” in tribute to his wife, Glennis Yeager.  The aircraft has been on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C., and is currently temporarily on the floor of the Mall location. Photos by Mike Flynn., November, 2014

Punch a Hole in the Sky: An Oral History of The Right Stuff
As Chuck Yeager recently Tweeted: “Pretty good article on The Right Stuff”, this article tells the story of the The Right Stuff movie which brought Tom Wolfe’s book to the big screen in 1983, telling the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier and launching toward the exosphere.  Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff writer, director) said that Chuck Yeager personified “the right stuff”, so he envisioned a movie based around that central character.  As Chuck Yeager, who served as a technical consultant for the movie, refers to the era, “Air Force test pilots who were doing the nitty-gritty work.  We weren’t getting free houses or notoriety.  We were working our tails off for $250 a month.  Many of us were dying in the process.  Yeager also is quoted in the article revealing “Some of my friends played extras, such as Korky Kevorkian, a pilot and fruit farmer from Reedley, California. I played a bartender.”  Read more.

Appeal-Democrat, January, 2014

Duty led to history: Catching up with Chuck Yeager
Gen. Chuck Yeager was interviewed by David Bitton of Gen. Yeager emphasized that Duty comes first and that doing his Duty was first and foremost in leading to his successes. The Appeal-Democrat reached out to the Living Legend to get his thoughts on nearby Beale Air Force Base, to help reacquaint the public with an important part of military history, and to share his incites to the modern “Global Hawk Era”. Read more.

Huntington Quarterly, May, 2012

Gen. Chuck Yeager was interviewed by Jack Houvouras to mark the 65th anniversary of his breaking the sound barrier.  Gen. Yeager shared his thoughts on making history, modern aviation, his scholarship program at Marshall University, and the challenge of slowing down for a man who has lived life at full throttle.  Having just turned 89, Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager shows few signs of slowing down, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know the aviation icon was once known as the fastest man alive. Read more.

The Namibian, November 11, 2011, by Jana-Mari Smith

The NamibianYeager wows Namibians
The legendary test pilot, who has clocked more than 19 000 flying hours during his illustrious career, demonstrates that he is still young at heart, battle ready and as passionate about flying and life as ever. Read more.

African Outfitter, March 2011, by Joe da Silva

On SafariOn Safari with Brigadier General Chuck Yeager
When the Cape red hartebeest dropped in an instant after a perfect heart shot I knew I was in special company.  My client was none other than the world-renowned American aviation legend, Brigadier General Chuck Yeager…the General and his lovely wife, Victoria, both hunted with me in the Western Cape, South Africa, during October 2010.  A formidable fighter and test pilot whose combat credentials include World War II and Vietnam, General Yeager is a deadly shot, as is his wife. Read more.