Watch this 6 minute video and see a man who has made and lived the history of supersonic flight from its very beginning.
Chuck Yeager was the first man to fly at supersonic speed. He did so, on Oct. 14, 1947 in the experimental Bell X-1 aircraft.
On October 14, 2012, at the age of 89, Gen. Chuck Yeager once again climbed into the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle as part of an honor flight out of Nellis AFB in Nevada to celebrate then 65 years of supersonic flight.
Not many get the opportunity to fly a plane, let alone a jet fighter at supersonic speeds. Maybe there is a part of us that would love to have at least one chance to do that in our lives. I know I would.
Yeager was the first to fly past the speed of sound. What a thrill it must have been. We can imagine that it must have been a thrill for him to climb into the second seat of that F-15 too.
The Veterans Site expresses its sincere thanks to Chuck Yeager for his courage, dedication to service and for his long service to the nation in the United States Air Force. It was the courage of men like this that helped to make America the strongest military in the world. You flew High and Fast, Gen. Yeager.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.