Sunday, October 14, 2012

Time for the Chuck Yeager v. Chuck Norris Arm Wrestling Contest

October 14, 1947 - Captain Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier flying the Bell X-1 (right). Designed for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) in 1945, the Bell X-1 was a rocket-powered aircraft intended for use in aviation research. Intentionally shaped like a .50 cal. bullet, NACA hoped to use the aircraft to break the sound barrier. In June 1947, the program was taken over by the US Army Air Force who wished to see the flight schedule intensified. On October 14, 1947, Captain Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier when his X-1 "Glamorous Glennis" achieved a speed of Mach 1.06 (807.2 mph).
Yeah...I was a white male's historic event, so it's only an esoteric landmark in human history.  It's not like breaking the sound barrier led to anything that we use today.  Well, except for rockets, space shuttles, planetary exploratory programs, military aircraft, commercial travel, Aerion Supersonics, HyperMach's SonicStar and so on.

Chuck Yeager actually broke the sound barrier while suffering from broken ribs after having been thrown from a horse.   He told no one, and still went about business.  I think it's time we set-up the Chuck Yeager vs. Chuck Norris arm wrestling contest. 

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.pngUS Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star with bronze oak leaf cluster (for shooting down five Bf 109s in one day[25])
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with two bronze oak leaf clusters (for a Messerschmitt Me 262 kill[26] and first to break the sound barrier)
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with bronze valor device (for helping rescue a fellow airman from Occupied France[6])
Width-44 purple ribbon with width-4 white stripes on the bordersPurple Heart
Silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Presidential Unit Citation with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with silver and three bronze service stars
World War II Victory Medal
Presidential Medal of Freedom

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