December 17th, 2014
We had gone to see the Oak Ridge Boys, invited Patty Wagstaff, a well-known aerobatic aviator.
General Yeager introduced them as usual, in Oroville, CA. We had enjoyed the show and were chatting with the band afterwards.
Chuck looked at Jimmy, former bass with the Oak Ridge Boys, and long dark brown hair to General Yeager and remarked: The Lord made only so many perfect heads…..
The rest he covered with hair.
The Lord made only so many perfect heads, the rest he covered with hair – Chuck Yeager
Jimmy then loaned Chuck some of his hair. (Patty Wagstaff in background right – photo bomb or photo bombshell!
William Lee joined in later and loaned Chuck some of his beard.
Pretty darn fun!
December 8th, 2014
I had entered the Army Air Corps September 9, 1941, fresh out of high school and a summer of work, huntin’, swimmin’ and fishin’.
On December 7, 1941; I was stationed at Moffett Field in California, still a crew chief, although I had applied for pilot training.
I was walking downtown when I heard over the radio – that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. All military personnel were ordered to their bases.
Was California next? Or….what was next?
December 2nd, 2014
November 23, 1943: Off to war. We got on the Queen Elizabeth to cross the Atlantic Ocean to war. There were 25,000 - one third sleeping, one third eating, one third puking. Then we switched every 8 hours.
They had three bunks on top of each other. You definitely didn’t want to be on the bottom – somebody cut the top two so they fell on the bottom one.
It was a long week going to England.
We got to our base – it was a sea of mud. What a mess. We waited for some airplanes.
c. PMN III
October 13th, 2014
Ridley put holes in the horizontal stabilizer and connected them to a recorder. Each flight he could see what the shock wave was doing.
October 13th, 2014
Last night, after eating dinner at Pancho’s Glennis and I decided to go riding. Glennis suggested a race back to the corral.
As I got very close, in the lead, I saw someone had closed the gate.
My horse and I pulled about 3 g’s trying to avoid the fence. Well…. my horse pulled 3, I flew over the fence and cracked a couple of ribs.
We didn’t want to go to the base doc – they’d ground me.
So the next day, we go to the local vet. He patches me up and says, “Don’t do nothin’ strenuous.”
I go to Ridley and tell him, “We got a problem.”
Ridley contemplates this, went into the hangar, found a broom. and sawed off the end. We practiced me sitting in the X-1 and closing the door with the broomstick with my left hand.
It works on the ground.
Tomorrow is the big day. Let’s hope it works tomorrow in flight.
September 8th, 2014
I had flown the F-100 a lot and had delivered one to Scott Crossfield to fly. I asked him if he wanted me to check him out.
No, it has a handbook, doesn’t it? said Crossfield arrogantly.
Me: Be my guest.
And I walked out.
A few days later, Paul Bickle, Assistant Chief of the Flight Test Engineering Laboratory at the time and said, “Come on over here a minute.”
I asked: Why?
Bickle: Just come.
I went over there and saw the F-100′s nose sticking through the hangar wall.
He had taken out two other F-100s. What a mess.
He had lost his hydraulics, so no brakes, went right up the ramp, into the hangar and the hangar stopped him after his nose poked through.