Yeager, an autobiography by Chuck Yeager, , Bantam Books edition, in English. Get this from a library! Yeager, an autobiography. [Chuck Yeager; Leo Janos] -- Offers a personal glimpse of air pilot General Chuck Yeager. Yeager talks about. General Chuck Yeager was the greatest test pilot of them all—the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound the World War II flying ace who shot down a.
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Nov 15, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: I saw General Yeager speak at the Pacific Aviation museum and he was absolutely hilarious and that was what prompted my reading this book - that and I liked that movie The Right stuff - and my little brother is in the AF so I really enjoyed this book but I must admit that the parts I enjoyed the most were not about Yeager - they were about two extraordinary and unique women in his life - Pancho Barnes and Jackie Cochran.
I'm wondering if there are biographies of them because I saw General Yeager speak at the Pacific Aviation museum and he was absolutely hilarious and that was what prompted my reading this book - that and I liked that movie The Right stuff - and my little brother is in the AF so I'm wondering if there are biographies of them because I couldn't get enough.
I also found it interesting that while Yeager spoke so brilliantly about these two ladies, and painted such a vivid picture of their unique characters, I walked away from this book feeling as though his wife, Glennis was a stranger. Even the parts that were in 'her voice' from her writings and interviews etc left a colorless rendition of Yeager's longtime wife.
Sometimes the reading got a little too technical for the non aviator me, and I couldn't keep any of the airplane acronyms straight I didn't really expect to Nov 12, C. Narayanan rated it it was amazing. He is a role-model. A hero. A man who shed light upon the dark path that led the world to the future of aviation. People who had escalated themselves to this level of importance would be special people. So is General Chuck Yeager. It also makes us understand the making of someone special.
He was a real pain in arse. Throughout the book, he constantly speaks about the art of staying safe while exploring the limits of man and the machine. In his life, Chuck Yeager accepted missions that many pilots refused to accept because of fear. The reason for that is, Chuck knew about the machines that he flew more than anyone else. He also knew what to do to make them do what he wants to do. Sensible work yields more than hard work.
Pages that tell the romantic story between Chuck Yeager and Glennis sound fantastic than most of the films and imaginary novels. Chuck meets Glennis for the first time in a Gymnasium at Oroville.
Pilots decorated their aeroplanes by painting those chosen names on the noses of their aeroplanes. Chuck was a spirited warrior. He loved dogfighting in the skies. He loved his duty in World War 2.
He loved his duty in West Germany. He loved his duty in Korea and Vietnam. He never bothered about politics and other stuff. He loved flying, and he did it without questioning.
Nothing reflects his attitude more than his days in Pakistan. Chuck admits that he knew nothing about Pakistan or its history or anything.
He had the qualities of a great soldier as well. The way he reacted to the Pakistani defeat in the India-Pakistan war defines his greatness. Indians kicked the Pakistani butts in every humiliating way possible in the war.
He reacts to this humiliating event cooly by saying: Admiring the adversary — only great soldiers have this quality. The way he dealt with the politics in the Airforce gives us many life lessons. I personally learned: What you say might get you enemies. Speaking your mind gets you people who love you for what you are. The story it says is fantastic than many imaginary novels out there.
The man it speaks about is a real life hero. The lessons it teaches are worthy. Jun 11, Keenan Johnston rated it really liked it. This book really gives great perspective on the evolution of fighter aircraft. Though a bit technical at times, he never loses you. Really enjoyed hearing about the toll on his family life and all the inherent risks involved with doing a dangerous job, but doing something that you love.
May 15, James Mason rated it it was amazing. Super interesting read. I knew basically nothing going in but stayed up late many nights because this autobiography was a page turner.
It was very well written with a good smattering of short, conversational stories all throughout but with solid themes maintained. The book and Yeager's life are a great window into the times. The little kid inside of me that's always been fascinated by fighter jets really enjoyed hearing what it's like in the cockpit and how some of the machinery works. The adult Super interesting read. The adult me now working at NASA was also really intrigued by the overlap with NASA and the pilots turned astronauts; and with the initial push to have the Air Force be the main government branch for space that ultimately failed and though it was only hinted at in the book, that was because all governments agreed that we shouldn't bring war to space so it's interesting that at this moment the US Congress is approving plans to create the Space Force.
There were also a lot of emotional parts as pilots died in accidents.
It was interesting to hear first hand how the survivors dealt with that emotionally typically blaming it on the stupidity of the dead pilot I liked how he discussed the excitement of combat flying but the distaste for killing and war.
Many pilots say they have no desire to kill anyone and don't want to drop horrible bombs, but they are military and that means they are extremely pragmatic and follow orders. That rubs me the wrong way but I do admire military pragmatism and can totally see how the flow experienced during combat flying would be total. I especially liked one line where Yeager said that during dogfights, the goal wasn't to kill the other guy, it was just to take his plane out.
That really struck me the right way. I also appreciated the "Other Voices" sections where people who know Yeager would write about him. It's clear that he was well liked.
Highly recommend the book. Jan 13, Cory rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just stumbled across something that reminded me I read this years ago. Probably junior high or high school. Dec 24, Francis rated it liked it. There is no doubt that Chuck Yeager was a brave, and extremely talented pilot. He was full of a can do attitude and did not let obstacles get in his way. For that I admire him. What disappointed me was the life of debauchery that he and some of his fellow pilots engaged in when off duty.
Sep 03, John rated it it was amazing. Good read. Chuck Yeager was one of my heroes when I was growing up. Too bad I'm 30 years behind in my reading. I would have enjoyed this book even more when Chuck was alive.
We need more Americans like Chuck Yeager. Sep 24, Afshin Afshar rated it really liked it. From very humble beginnings to a highly decorated American hero this truly deserving man tells his own life story in such an unassuming manner that it actually undermines his lifetime of accomplishments. Reading his story one is amazed that he has lived long enough to tell his own story. Mar 02, Barry Higgins rated it it was amazing. This was a book, i couldn't put down!
He's the one portrayed by Sam Shepard, who's the first pilot to break the 'Sound Barrier' in Must admit i was intrigued, to see if what happened in the film was true.
You know how filmakers, can twist the facts. So i looked if there was an auto-biography. I don't usually read auto-biographies, but with this one, i'm glad i did. It tells the story of a boy from West Virginia, who joins t This was a book, i couldn't put down! It tells the story of a boy from West Virginia, who joins the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic. Then applies to be a 'Flying Sergeant', to get out of K. The rest as they say is history, and he's still around 94 years of age.
I think that anyone would enjoy, reading about chuck. It's a story that will keep the pages turning, until you realise a few hours have passed. ISBN Loved it. Loved the sincerity from General Yeager and I enjoyed reading the commentary from various other people in his life.
An inspirational, interesting, and unique life he led, definitely worth the read. Jun 25, Billy rated it really liked it. Great American. Fun read.
Some great life lessons and leadership advice. Jul 26, Will Coakley rated it it was amazing. Aug 06, Arthur rated it it was amazing. A stunning and fascinating book, what a guy! Mar 03, Rajesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: A real maverick Cool stories, but Yeager's not the best at telling them.
Mar 08, Mary Mcqueen rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fantastic first person read. Mar 12, Ricky Husk rated it it was amazing. My fav book, fight me.
May 08, Searching in the Forest rated it it was amazing. How the Hell can you not like hearing about Chuck Yeager? Amazing achievements, attitude and guts. Truly made of the right stuff. Highly recommended. Aug 11, G. Brennan rated it it was amazing If I could jump inside one person's head Being-John-Malkovich style and experience their entire life, beginning-to-end, without regard to anything but the sheer roller coaster thrill of it, I'd probably pick Chuck Yeager.
Granted, the guy's not dead yet. But unless he meets a truly horrendous end--eaten alive, say, by Bengal Tigers, while slow-roasting over a barbecue pit--I'd consider myself a truly lucky man to see everything he's seen and do everything he's done. Ripping through the sound ba If I could jump inside one person's head Being-John-Malkovich style and experience their entire life, beginning-to-end, without regard to anything but the sheer roller coaster thrill of it, I'd probably pick Chuck Yeager.
Ripping through the sound barrier in a bullet-shaped orange rocket plane, battling Messerschmitts in the cold European skies, testing exotic aircraft of all shapes and sizes in the bleak Mojave desert, hunting and fishing and hiking the high Sierras, hooting and hollering with friends on crazy drunken misadventures--it all sounds too fun to be legal, and except for the hooting and hollering part, I haven't done any of it.
What's more, he lived the kind of life that people don't seem to believe in anymore, the life of the self-made man who rises from nothing, who picks himself up by his own bootstraps and succeeds through good ol' Yankee Doodle initiative, ability and gumption.