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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.
February 12, 1989
Parade music is traditional, popular, rousing--the very life of a parade. Agreed? Then why in the name of Great Jumping Jehoshaphat can't TV reporters shut their mouths when they're covering a parade? Watching the presidential inaugural parade Jan. 20, I tuned from channel to channel trying to find one that would give me a sense of witnessing the spectacle instead of attending the most vacuous talk show on earth. The CNN reporters, after sticking with the parade longer than the others, seemed to conclude viewers were bored.
March 16, 1988
Chuck Yeager, famed airplane test pilot, will drive the pace car this year for the Indianapolis 500 as he did in 1986.
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.
December 29, 1986
How disillusioning to have an established American hero like Chuck Yeager turn out to have fleet of clay! His ill-timed comment that the Voyager flight was "meaningless" and the equivalent of crossing the country in a car with a big fuel tank was voiced at a time when he had just completed a truly meaningless "record" flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kittyhawk. His comments belittled Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager at a time when any moment might have been their last. It betrays a great deal about Chuck's flawed character.
May 23, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager's name will be on the report of the presidential commission investigating the Challenger space shuttle tragedy, commission Chairman William P. Rogers said Thursday. Two days after the retired general confirmed to a reporter that his name would not be on the report, his wife indicated that, although the hero of "The Right Stuff" gets quickly to the point, he is sometimes purposely off the point. "He's even told people: 'Yes, I've resigned,' " Glennis Yeager told UPI.
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.
March 31, 1986
Carl Bellinger, a veteran test pilot who flew at Edwards Air Force Base in the days when it was known as Muroc AFB, has died at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster after being injured in a car accident. He was 73 and died last Monday of injuries he suffered March 17. A 1938 Yale graduate who began flying as a teen-ager, Bellinger first went to work at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, N.Y., as a test pilot.
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.
October 13, 1985 | PAUL DEAN, Paul Dean is a Times staff writer
Monday, if research and personal schedules al low, a softer, older Chuck Yeager will fly in private celebration. He'll be over Rogers Dry Lake and Edwards Air Force Base in an F-20 Tigershark, the scarlet-on-white jet fighter he works as a consulting test pilot for Northrop Corp. And tomorrow's flight will be work: Aerospace firms no longer have jet fuel and multimillion-dollar aircraft to spare for self-indulgent pilots. Even legends.
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