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CHUCK YEAGER – 1st MAN TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager went down in history, on October 14, 1947, as the first man to officially break the sound barrier in level flight.

These short video clips are of that occasion and are from various government and military archives.  Our previous post was about Edwards Air Force Base in California, which is where Yeager accomplished this historic feat.

The first film below is 5:40 long. Each Video below has sound, so make sure your sound is turned up, and you might also like to watch the video in full screen mode.

USAF BIOGRAPHY: Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier – 6:49 Long from the “Footage Farm.”

And, this following is a clip from the dramatization of the event taken from the segment devoted to the record making flight in the hit 1983 movie, “The Right Stuff,” about the selection and training of our first American Astronauts.  You will see Yeager’s wife, Glennis, waiting and watching his flight by their car, and his pilot buddies, including Pancho Barnes, owner of their favorite watering hole, The Happy Bottom Riding Club.  Barnes was, herself, a famous female stunt pilot.  This excerpt is 3:53 long.

General Chuck Yeager Spars with Jim Clash on the Forbes.com show, “Adventurer;” 5:56 long:

The following video is 3:04 in length.

Thirteen years later, in 2003, the General married a former actress. Victoria Scott D’Angelo, (at left) 36 years his junior.  The couple lives in Penn Valley, CA, where the General Chuck Yeager Foundation, which teaches children the ideals by which the famous test pilot lived, is located.  The General is now almost 96 years old.

 

MEMBERS PHOTOGRAPHED AT VARIOUS HOLIDAY EVENTS

The following photos were taken at the annual Christmas Luncheon for Daedalian Flight 24 at the El Paso Club,  All members of the Flight are active members of the FASF.  The guest of honor and presenter at the event was Army Aviator, General Laura Yeager (no relation to the famous American Test Pilot, Chuck Yeager!), who briefed the members on her mission at Fort Bliss as Commander of the JOINT TASK FORCE NORTH.  All of the below photos are in high-resolution and can be more fully appreciated by simply clicking on them.

FASF members, Col. Bob Pitt (L) chats with (at center) Aviation Hall of Famer, Bob Dockendorf, at Daedallian holiday event.  AT the podium, at right, in the background is Flight Captain Roger Nichols.

Daedalians and guests prepare for General Yeager’s presentation . . . Her staff is at left: Aide de Camp, Capt. Sperry, and USAF Sergeant Oliver.  The General’s Command is a Joint Command, composed of all the military services.

L to R: Julie and Col. Bob Pitt, Roger Nichols and Bob Dockendorf

L to R at wall: Alma Villezcas, Virg and Jenine Hemphill, Lt. Pfluger, David Ginn, Alan and Melissa Fisher, and forefront, Julie Pitt, District Court Judge Angie Juarez Barilland her husband, Patrick Barill

L to R: Loading up their buffet lunch, Bob Dockendorf, Judy Campos, Alan and Melissa Fisher

Brig. General Laura L Yeager opens her presentation

       General Yeager explains how her Command coordinates with many other Federal Agencies in its mission.

                                                          Col. Bob Pitt and General Yeager

L to R: Outgoing Flight Captain, Roger Nichols, Gen. Yeager, Sgt. Oliver, Capt. Sperry and Col. Pitt

L to R: Gen. Yeager chatting with Cadet Ammber Valverde, the youngest FASF member and UTEP student.

                                              Col. Alan Fisher speaking with Cadet Ammber Valverde

L to R: Ammber Valverde, Gen. Yeager, and Alma Villezcas, FASF Treasurer

The following photos and the video are of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 24 Christmas party in Las Cruces, NM.

L to R: Michelle Phillips, William Benziger Juanita and Robert Macklin, Alan Fisher, and Walter Dutton, at whose home the event was held.

In front row kneeling or sitting are, L to R:  Alan and Melissa Fisher, Ric Lambart, Walter and Barbara Dutton,  and in the rear: Alma Villezcas, Travis McKenzie, Jim and Luann McConnell, Damien and Carol Blaschka, Robert and Juanita Macklin, William Benziger, Michelle Phillips, and Michael LeGendre.