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    Sad Yeager's Gone

    C h u c k Y e a g e r passed away yesterday at the age of 97. I can't seem to get his name in with normal typing without it being changed to "a famous test pilot."

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...er-dead-at-97/

    Larry N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnuss View Post
    C h u c k Y e a g e r passed away yesterday at the age of 97. I can't seem to get his name in with normal typing without it being changed to "a famous test pilot."
    There was a huge legal tiff involved in his second marriage, and subsequently, "Protection of the brand" led to some legal threats. EAA, out of an abundance of caution, set up autocorrect so you couldn't directly post his name. It would change it to "a famous test pilot."

    This has been in effect for at least seven years.

    http://eaaforums.org/showthread.php?...ll=1#post25890

    You don't want to KNOW what the forum software autocorrects my name to....

    Signed,

    The Miserable A-hole
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    Thanks, Ron -- I'd heard of the legal struggle, but didn't know about the "autocorrect."

    Larry N.

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    I lost some respect when he claimed to be the one who did the cold water test that showed the o-rings hardened and caused the gas leak and loss of the Challenger Space Shuttle. At the time of the investigation it was Richard Feynmann, a scientist and not a test pilot who made the investigation and demonstration. I am not acceptable to the SETP but have torn apart a F-100 Augmented turbofan in the Intermediate Maintenance Hangar at Edwards and have a BS degree in Physics. Aren't I the biased one! My father once bought me both his book and A.J. Foyt's as I had gone astray with Lt. Dave Bjerke USN and "The Flyin' Hawaiian" Danny Ongais.
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    I confess Y e a g e r is my hero... In 1975 I was stationed at Norton AFB
    and I proudly participated in his Pass and Review retirement ceremony...
    Among the greats who honored him that day was none other than Jimmy
    Doolittle...

    Bob Hoover and a gaggle of P51s planned a fly over but couldn’t pull
    it off for some reason...

    Fast forward to 1996 at the Grass Valley fly-in and I noticed Yeager
    just casually walking among the crowed... I excitedly blurted out "Gen
    Y e a g e r sir" but he blew me off and bolted before I could bring up
    Norton and his retirement ceremony... I know he hates adoration for
    just doing his job and is suspicious of people claiming to be at his
    retirement but I think if he would check my recollection of the event
    and review my photos he would graciously afford me a signature in my
    Yeager autobiography...






    Quote from Y e a g e r's book where he trimmed a tree with his P39 and was grounded...

    We use to buzz Pa Clifford's ranch all the time Tonapah Nevada, and if
    he came out and waved a bed sheet, it meant yo' all come over tonight
    for Ma's chow. Mack and I used to fly over and drop the Clifford boys
    all kinds of ammo for their hunting, whole belts of thirty-ought-six,
    since bullets were hard to come by in wartime. There was a dry lake
    bed about a hundred yards from the house, and we would practice
    dive-bombing over that lake bed, dropping practice bombs, while Pa
    Clifford, down below, watched and laughed like hell. One day I heard
    Pa mention that he'd like to get rid of a tree that stood near the
    roadway to the house. The next day, I buzzed that tree in my P-39 and
    carefully topped it with my left wingtip. I enjoyed that kind of
    challenge, but when I landed there was hell to pay. The maintenance
    officer demanded to know why my smashed wingtip looked as if it were
    taking root-hunks of wood were rammed into it. "I hit a bird," I told
    him. "Well," he replied, "that son of a bitch must've been sitting in
    one helluva nest." I was grounded from flying P-39s for a week. But
    there were several BT-13s available, and I flew them instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyLittleShop View Post
    I confess Y e a g e r is my hero... In 1975 I was stationed at Norton AFB
    and I proudly participated in his Pass and Review retirement ceremony...
    Among the greats who honored him that day was none other than Jimmy
    Doolittle...

    Bob Hoover and a gaggle of P51s planned a fly over but couldn’t pull
    it off for some reason...
    Weather. Chuck mentions this in his autobiography; he was quite disappointed that they didn't get a single airplane to fly over his ceremony....

    Ron Wanttaja

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwanttaja View Post
    Weather. Chuck mentions this in his autobiography; he was quite disappointed that they didn't get a single airplane to fly over his ceremony....

    Ron Wanttaja

    Thanks Ron... I do recall it was weather relayed... I also remember we were all disappointed that we got nothing in the way of WarBirds flying over...

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    a famous test pilot, was a famous test pilot -- and former commandant of the aerospace research pilot school. So, although never an astronaut, he was responsible for training military astronauts. That is the little bit of spin that I thought would have made it into "The Right Stuff" movie, but i went in a very different direction.

    (Actually, I am posting this just to verify the name autocorrect feature.) Ninety-Seven years of a very full life.

    Yep, the autocorrect is as advertised. I leave that part as corrected.
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    Cute, Randy...

    Larry N.

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