There are men, and then there’s Chuck Yeager

Chuck Norris wears Chuck Yeager pajamas.

I don’t know if that’s actually true, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Norris did.

I was browsing through Chuck Yeager’s Twitter feed two days ago, because this came up:

Yeager and the team behind the accomplishment had prepared for a long time,

I didn’t just walk out and fly the X-1 supersonic. It took unpowered flights and then nine powered flights.

Yeager describes himself in Twitter as,

Fighter Ace,1st person to break the sound barrier, 1st to fly faster than Mach 2, Fighter pilot, hunter, fisherman, pilot

You scroll down his more recent tweets and you begin to realize why Tom Wolfe decided to highlight Yeager as embodying “The Right Stuff,” that is, a courage that guides him and sets him apart.

As he tells it, the day before breaking the sound barrier, he broke his ribs,

So, of course!,

There’s a video you want to watch with more on that. Of course, don’t forget The Right Stuff book and movie, both wonderful.

You can spend hours at General Chuck Yeager’s official website. He is now 92 years old, has four children, is a decorated hero, and (I hesitate to use the word awesome since it’s so devalued), he is awe-inspiring.

The book blurb for The Right Stuff at Amazon points out that

Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism

The book came out in 1979. Thirty six years ago, Iran was holding Americans hostage.

Today Iran continues its path to war, and, in some circles contemplating American heroism will never be in fashion. But the individual heroism of men like Chuck Yeager is a substantial part of what makes America great.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.