If you are in need of inspiration this morning I recommend you revisit the life of one Chuck Yeager, the first human to exceed the speed of sound in an aircraft, among other achievements, who turns 95 today. The Ace himself is as big a part of Americana as the cheeseburger, and was tweeting his enjoyment of the Oak Ridge Boys as he celebrated the big birthday. Yeager’s career began in World War II as an aircraft mechanic. He entered pilot training and after the war became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, rocket-powered experimental craft included. On October 14, 1947 he flew such a craft, the Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 feet. Had to have been a rush, and a killer view too. The speed of sound, by the way, is about 741mph. Approximately 1,100 feet per second. Not too shabby. Yeager’s 60 year career has taken him around the world to command fighter squadrons in Southeast Asia, Germany and beyond. Happy Birthday, Brigadier General Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager! An American hero and inspiration to all who wish to soar farther and faster than those before.
“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.”