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September 23, 1990 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everyone in the aeronautics community knew they had the right stuff, and now the city of Lancaster has made it official. Chuck Yeager, Jimmy Doolittle, A. Scott Crossfield, Tony LeVier and Pete Knight--pilots who achieved dizzying heights in the early days of flight testing--became the first Saturday to be honored in Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor. "They're sure a different breed of cat from the rest of us," said George Root, vice mayor of Lancaster.
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February 9, 1986 | ANN HEROLD
--Calling the flight "a piece of cake," legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager added three more speed records to his string, including coast-to-coast nonstop flight time for a class of turboprop plane. Yeager, who was the first man to break the sound barrier, piloted a Piper Cheyenne 400 LS from Burbank Airport to La Guardia Airport in New York in 5 hours, 23 minutes.
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October 20, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Almost 50 years to the day after he became the first person in history to pilot a jet faster than the speed of sound, retired Brig. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager flew his final military mission Sunday, re-creating for tens of thousands of spectators the historic flight that helped launch the space age. At precisely 10 a.m.
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March 19, 1995
Hollywood's Walk of Fame and other landmarks may honor actors who play heroes with the right stuff. But Westchester celebrates the real thing. Westchester's "Flight Path"--a sort of Walk of Fame for the pioneers of aviation--is about to land at the, er, glamorous intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and 89th Street. Or at least organizers would like it to.
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October 20, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Almost 50 years to the day after he became the first man in history to pilot a jet faster than the speed of sound, retired Brig. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager flew his final military mission Sunday, re-creating for tens of thousands of appreciative spectators the historic flight that helped launch the Space Age. At precisely 10 a.m., a resounding boom rolled across an expansive dry lake bed, as Yeager, at the controls of an F-15 fighter jet, broke the sound barrier for the last time.
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November 8, 1990 | DAVID NELSON
It may be the experience as a World War II flying ace and as the first man to break the sound barrier that gives one the toughness to comfortably slip on shoes previously worn by Sir Edmund Hillary and Jacques Cousteau and face 460 informed, eager listeners. Then again, this sort of fortitude may come naturally to Chuck Yeager, the retired Air Force brigadier general and aviation pioneer who came through with flying colors at Saturday's 10th annual "An Evening With . . .
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January 13, 2008 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Leo Janos, a former speechwriter for President Johnson whose ghostwriting talents were displayed in legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager's best-selling autobiography, has died. He was 74. Janos died of cancer Friday at his home in Brentwood, his wife, Bonnie, said Saturday. A longtime correspondent for Time magazine and a freelance nonfiction writer, Janos (pronounced Janice) sent his career into the stratosphere in 1985 with "Yeager: An Autobiography."
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May 18, 1986 | United Press International
Famous test pilot Chuck Yeager joined eight other men Friday night as winners of the 1986 Horatio Alger Awards for turning adversity into triumph. "People don't realize how important it is to be in the right place at the right time," Yeager told reporters before a $350-a-person dinner to honor the nine recipients. "I never did any career planning in my life, and I still don't," said Yeager, a retired Air Force brigadier general who was first to break the sound barrier.
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November 7, 1987 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
The place was so unknown, its science so misunderstood and the pilot so obscure that the first newspaper report of his achievement misspelled his name. Twice. "The dread barrier to supersonic speeds was conquered at Muroc Air Base," thundered the 1947 story in the Los Angeles Times, "when Capt. Charles Yaeger , Air Force flyer, hurtled the XS-1 rocket plane through the wall to shatter a legend of its invincibility." In the 40 years since, everything has changed.
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April 13, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the beginning, the pilots hated it. It was purgatory with a whiff of petroleum in the air and dust in the mouth. It tantalized students with the promise of pilot's wings and humbled them with the threat of failure. In early 1941, with a world war on America's horizon, the Army Air Corps poured into the town of Taft, more than 100 miles north of Los Angeles, to build an airfield and one of the country's top flight-training schools, Gardner Field.
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