Chuck Yeager: 96 Years Young!
There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, 750 miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it: The sound barrier.
(The Right Stuff, 1983)
In 1947, Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier when he piloted his Bell X-1 aircraft at Mach 1.07. Already a legendary WWII fighter ace, Chuck Yeager went on the become on of the greatest test pilots of his generation, and held a number of speed and altitude records throughout his distinguished career.
Immortalised in the book ‘The Right Stuff’ by Tom Wolfe in 1979 and then in the 1983 film of the same name, Chuck Yeager retired as a Brigadier General in 1975.
In a recent exchange with astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Twitter, Chuck offered the following advice: “How to live to 120? Live to 119 and then be very, very careful”.
BRICKS 4 KIDZ loves the innovators, the risk-takers and those willing to push the envelope. Science can be exciting, especially if it involves flying a rocket-powered aircraft faster than the speed of sound!
Happy Birthday, Chuck!