Tech View: Yeager broke more than one barrier through sheer grit
The first man to break the sound barrier, who died last week at 97, put himself in harm’s way many times in the name of discovery
By all reasonable standards, Chuck Yeager should never have lived to 97. Not only was it a fine age, but the man put his life in harm’s way in the wildest manner on repeated occasions.
His mixture of grit, luck and extraordinary eyesight not only allowed him to go down in history, but to set a tone for discovery that was fuelled by his devil-may-care attitude towards his own safety.
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