Chuck Yeager, 1923-2020

In 2006, Edwards Air Force Base unveiled a statue of ace airman Chuck Yeager, and the base’s historian, Jim Young, had just one thing to say about the man who, at the time of his death last week, had clocked more than six decades of flight.

“In an age of media-made heroes, he is the real deal.”

Yeager, who died at the age of 97 at his home in Los Angeles, was “the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff,” according to author Tom Wolfe, who cataloged Yeager’s incredible life in his book, appropriately titled The Right Stuff. He spent his life
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