California - Legendary aviator Chuck Yeager made history yet again this morning as he broke the sound barrier to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the day he became the first man to do so. Yeager, 89, took off for altitudes more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert at t 9:45 a.m. in an F-15D fighter jet piloted by Capt. David Vincent. It was the same bit of azure desert sky where Yeager first flew faster than the speed of sound on this day in 1947.
Yeager, who piloted for the rest of the flight, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there was little on his mind as he took the stick just four months shy of his 90th birthday. ’Flying is flying. You can’t add a lot to it,’ Yeager said. In 1964 his ribs had been broken while horseback riding just two days before take-off and his injury forced him to lock the hatch shut using a sawed-off broom handle. Coincidentally, the anniversary was also marked by the arrival of the world’s first supersonic skydiver as Felix Baumgartner plummeted to Earth from a record 24.5 miles hitting mach 1.24 on his descent.
Hey no big deal. Only 89 year old American hero Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier again, sixty-five years to the day after he became the first person in the history of Earth to do it. Ho hum. Just another day at the office for Chuck. No self-serving media promotion, energy drink sponsorships, or live Youtube feeds. No spaceships or missile command centers. Nope. Old man just stuck a ham sandwich and a couple of snack packs in his carry-on and threw up a mach 1.24 on the radar gun. Typical lazy Sunday for a legend. Like to see Baumgartner pull that sky dive shit off when he’s pushing 90.
PS – How about this guy completing his first sound barrier flight with broken ribs and using a sawed-off broom handle to slam the hatch shut? Holy moly. Fuckin’ Felix can’t even float away in his balloon without perf weather conditions and the Yeager-meister is straight up breaking kitchen appliances for the chance at breaking records. Typical American heroism at its finest.