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MB_Avro_UK
11-27-2005, 04:24 PM
Just seen a TV programme on BBC and it states that Yeager had a few beers the day before he broke the sound barrier,rode a horse and cracked two ribs.

Because his ribs were cracked on his right side,he could not close the cockpit door. An engineer found a solution with a piece of broomhandle that allowed Yeager to close the door with his left hand http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

The rest is history....

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

Chuck_Older
11-27-2005, 04:43 PM
See it in the film "The Right Stuff". Great movie, too bad Yeager wasn't an astronaut. But he is in the movie. Watch for the old-timer who asks Jeff Goldblum "y'all wanna drink whiskey?"- That's General Yeager, acting in a scene in which his younger self is approached to fly the X-1

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-27-2005, 04:57 PM
Still joy-riding in jets at 81 - and looking good on it. Good show, lots of nice footage.

Taylortony
11-27-2005, 04:59 PM
pah.... ribs is that all? Bill Bedford did the teathered flights of the prototype Harrier (P.1127) with his broken leg in plaster............


And when the Tri-Nation Kestrel Squadron was being evaluated, Oberst Gerhardt Barkhorn, one of Germany's top aces, with 301 kills to his credit. Managed to crash land one after engine problems, the rest of the squadron fearing the worst rushed to the crash site to be met by Oberst Gerhardt Barkhorn with a wry smile on his face who is reputed to have said, make that 302 allied aircraft destroyed.............

BaldieJr
11-27-2005, 06:36 PM
you'd be very hard pressed to one-up chuck yeager. read his autobiography for further proof.

tomtheyak
11-27-2005, 06:49 PM
I have, and what a read! That mans had more close shaves than... well... someone who shaves.. a lot.

Yeah he broke his ribs when a horse he was riding threw him after refusing to jump a fence IIRC. Wouldnt tell the MO cos he knew how close they were to nailing the flights.

However, thats the tip of the iceberg... the man had talent, luck, and a wealth of experience but you still wonder how he survived it.

Fancy falling 50,000 ft in 51 seconds in an experimantal aircraft thats gone divergent on all three axes? - wow!

danjama
11-27-2005, 06:56 PM
Has anyone read "Spirit Of The Blue"? Just curious, has no relevance to this thread except that when i read the first couple of pages in a shop it reminded me of Chuck Yeager....

Anyway, has anyone read it?

BfHeFwMe
11-27-2005, 10:49 PM
Wonder how he felt about all those sonic booms over his head prior to his record, compliments of George Welch.

http://home.att.net/~historyzone/Welch1.html

Ugly_Kid
11-28-2005, 12:14 AM
The few haphazard schemes in the "Right Stuff" only scratch the top of the ice berg. Here's something: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553256742/104-0875269...846&s=books&v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553256742/104-0875269-0713524?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance)

ploughman
11-28-2005, 02:18 AM
Originally posted by tomtheyak:


Fancy falling 50,000 ft in 51 seconds in an experimantal aircraft thats gone divergent on all three axes? - wow!

Holy crapola, what was he flying? A meteorite?

nakamura_kenji
11-28-2005, 02:24 AM
what first plane fly sound barrier that use jet engine and able take off land self?

tomtheyak
11-28-2005, 04:34 AM
Originally posted by nakamura_kenji:
what first plane fly sound barrier that use jet engine and able take off land self?

Well the F-86 could go supersonic in a dive IIRC so that was probably the first... but for true staright and level... maybe the F-102 or F-100?

The Navys Douglas Skyrocket is another contender....

tomtheyak
11-28-2005, 04:39 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tomtheyak:


Fancy falling 50,000 ft in 51 seconds in an experimantal aircraft thats gone divergent on all three axes? - wow!

Holy crapola, what was he flying? A meteorite? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No the X-1A, successor to the X-1. He was going for another speed record (mach 2.5) when he got too high too fast and fell out of the stability curve.

He was nailed into the buggâŁr as well - no e-seat and no parachute...

MrBlueSky1960
11-28-2005, 04:55 AM
On 9 September 1948 with test pilot John Derry at the controls, the third D.H.108 reached Mach 1.0 while in a shallow dive from an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,190 m)

nakamura_kenji
11-28-2005, 05:02 AM
On 9 September 1948 with test pilot John Derry at the controls, the third D.H.108 reached Mach 1.0 while in a shallow dive from an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,190 m)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v492/nakamura_kenji/3129L.jpg

oooo baby vulcan ^_^

Chuck_Older
11-28-2005, 09:48 AM
Originally posted by BfHeFwMe:
Wonder how he felt about all those sonic booms over his head prior to his record, compliments of George Welch.

http://home.att.net/~historyzone/Welch1.html

I wonder how George Welch felt, knowing that in order to be an official first at breaking the sound barrier, strict criteria had to be met in a scientific manner?

Why do folks try to take away from Chuck Yeager?

Chuck_Older
11-28-2005, 09:51 AM
Can anyone tell me what the X-1 was the first to do? And it wasn't just "break the sound barrier" by the way

You'd think this topic had never come up here before. Please read up on what the X-1 did and didn't do before all the indignant "hey somebody else broke the sound barrier first" stuff

Aaron_GT
11-28-2005, 09:59 AM
what first plane fly sound barrier that use jet engine and able take off land self?

It would probably have been the Miles M.52 in 1947 or 1948 if it hadn't been cancelled, even though it was mostly built.

MrBlueSky1960
11-28-2005, 11:01 AM
Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
Can anyone tell me what the X-1 was the first to do? And it wasn't just "break the sound barrier" by the way

You'd think this topic had never come up here before. Please read up on what the X-1 did and didn't do before all the indignant "hey somebody else broke the sound barrier first" stuff

I would have said it was the first manned, steerable rocket…

MrBlueSky1960
11-28-2005, 11:19 AM
Baby Vulcans... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/BV00.jpg

Udidtoo
11-28-2005, 11:26 AM
For some of the over sea's m8's. If you like that read about Yeager then you would probably like the ones concerning the man Yeager referred to as 'Pard' Bob Hoover.

A fellow prisoner, another pilot who had test flown captured 190's before his own capture, had taught Hoover all he could about the 190's instrument panel. Always attempting to escape and always managing to get caught, Hoover finally achieved his goal by hijacking a 190 with another prisoner who decided he didn't want to chance it in an aeroplane. Hoover flew the FW to Holland and freedom. Some folk make their own 'Hollywood ending'.

ytareh
11-28-2005, 12:48 PM
Obviously I wasnt the only one who enjoyed that documentary on BBC .Those supersonic spind looked scary!!!Thanks for the heads up posts.I did however miss the first quarter hour.Was that more concerned with the British planes?

berg417448
11-28-2005, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by Udidtoo:
For some of the over sea's m8's. If you like that read about Yeager then you would probably like the ones concerning the man Yeager referred to as 'Pard' Bob Hoover.

A fellow prisoner, another pilot who had test flown captured 190's before his own capture, had taught Hoover all he could about the 190's instrument panel. Always attempting to escape and always managing to get caught, Hoover finally achieved his goal by hijacking a 190 with another prisoner who decided he didn't want to chance it in an aeroplane. Hoover flew the FW to Holland and freedom. Some folk make their own 'Hollywood ending'.


Bruce Carr did the same:

http://www.afa.org/magazine/valor/0295valor.asp

dugong
11-28-2005, 06:20 PM
Yeager was nuts. His autobiography is a great read. He speaks of deer hunting in his P51 over Norway or Finland or somewhere, placing rocks in the hubcaps of his CO's car that would make an awful noise while driving and stop when the car stopped (drove the guy crazy in a million ways), etc. All that and still being the fighter pilot he was. Supposedly he was the best shot around. He could pull off deflection shots that were astounding. He also had an uncanny ability to outfly anyone, even when he flew an inferior plane. Additionally, I think his eyesight was like 20/10 or something insane like that. I think he felt, and it can be argued, that he did not make the space program becasue he did not have the formal education the other cats did. My guess is they did not want him engaging in mock dogfights at zero G in a space capsule http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oh yeah, I think he as ace in a day once. He came across a gaggle of German fighters just circling. He dropped in behind them and started shooting. He shot down five and flew off.

So, for that man, a few beers and some broken ribs just before breaking the sound barrier is no sweat. I sure would like to meet that guy.

BaldieJr
11-28-2005, 06:42 PM
He carried that guy over the mountains in france and that alone makes him great.