Chuck Yeager's Close Calls, in order

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1. Oct 1943--Bailed out of an exploding P-39, suffering back injuries.

2. March 1944--His P-51 shot down by German FW-190. Bailed out, suffered shrapnel wounds in hands and feet.

3. August 1945--Vertical climb in P-59, stall-out, spin, but regained control just before crashing.

4. January 1946--T-6 Trainer blows master rod, brought it down deadstick into a farmyard, crashing through a barn.

5. April 1947--Flying a B-25, lightning strikes aircraft and blows out plexiglass nose, lands safely.

6. October 1947--Bell X-1 loses all power, lands safely.

7. 1950--F-86 loses elevator and 1/3 horizontal stabilizer in dive, lands safely.

8. 1950--Turnbine wheel of F-86 fails, engine loses all power, deadstick landing.

9. December 1953--Bell X-1A goes divergent on 3 axis, uncontrolled spin, breaks canopy with helmet, manages pull-out after a 55,000 foot fall.

10. 1962--Passenger in Huey that crashes into a mountain lake, suffers serious head wounds, walks 9 miles for aid, 138 sutures.

11. 1963--F-104 Starfighter with rocket assist losses power at 100,000 feet, goes into flat spin; bails out but hit by ejection seat; helmet insulation catches fire, suffers severe burns and partial loss of 2nd finger.
 

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That guy has the biggest balls in history... The stuff he'd do with a "sure, why not" attitude. No amount of praise is hyperbole when talking about Chuck Yeager (or Chesty Puller, Gen Patton, etc.).
 

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It's funny, several of those aren't even mentioned in his autobiography. The F-104 incident was probably his closest call, I think even he described it as such.
 

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I grew up about 20 miles from where he grew up. My grandfather, a civilian pilot, met him in the early fifties and always regaled me with tales of his exploits. After he retired to northern California, he continued to break cross-country speed records when he was asked/invited east to speak or testify before Congress. But he almost always made a point to stop off in Hamlin, WV, to bring fresh fruit to his mother, so she could make jelly and jam.

Truly a great American.
 

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Dude has more lives than a cat! He's truly one of the greatest assets to aviation, and is one helluva great American.
 
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