• December 8, 2020 at 12:07 am
    Too Tall

    Off Topic, But Important: Chuck Yeager, first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, passed away today.

    • December 8, 2020 at 12:40 am

      My Bro-in-Law was crew chief for the Thunderbirds at Edwards on the flight line when Yeager came out, hopped in a plane and took off. When Yeager landed he joked about taking a new plane out for a test drive and tossed back the “keys”

      • December 8, 2020 at 7:34 am

        Cool! My Great Uncle was J. Stanley Holtoner. Fascinating man; I wish I’d had the chance to spend more time with him than I did.

      • December 8, 2020 at 11:18 am
        John D. Egbert

        Saw Yeager fly a demo in the Northrup F-22 they were trying to sell to the Air Force. He made that little bird sing, dance and do everything but serve coffee. Armed Forces Day air show at an airport on West Mesa just outside Albuquerque; spring, 1963.

        Side note: closing act was Bob Hoover flying “Old Yeller.” Two of the absolute best for one admission (free to us NROTC types).

      • December 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        Northrup F-22 in 1963?

      • December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm
        John D.Egbert

        Yup. It was the single engined version of the F-5. Lost out to the F-16. Don’t know how the designation jumped seven slots. My guess is the Air Farce had multiple irons in the fire at the time.

      • December 8, 2020 at 11:42 pm

        I’m pretty sure he meant the F-20 Tigershark (IIRC). It was a great plane, but it never sold.

      • December 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

        Yes, the F-20 Tigershark, which first flew in 1982.
        The Lockheed F-22 Raptor is currently in service.

      • December 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm

        From popular Mechanics:

        Chapter 8: The Pitchman

        Over the years, Yeager appeared in advertisements for everything from air conditioners and auto parts to watches and whiskey. In the early 1980s, Northrop even hired him as a pitchman for its new fighter aircraft. The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a faster, more modern offshoot of the F-5 Freedom Fighter, and was touted as a less-expensive and ally-friendly alternative to the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon that dominated the era.

        By most accounts, the Tigershark was a good aircraft, but the Air Force and Navy didn’t want it. Only three were built. The last surviving example hangs in the California Science Center.

    • December 8, 2020 at 8:37 am
      My Way or -->

      Damn! Another real man leaves the Earth. And we only have a few Redtails left, too.

    • December 8, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Godspeed, Chuck, Godspeed…

    • December 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Correction; first person to fly faster than sound, and live to tell about it.

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:28 am

    He was also a WWII fighter ace. Spent time with the French Resistance after a forced landing. Made his way back to England and finished the war in a cockpit again. One of Those kind a guys.

    • December 8, 2020 at 6:45 am
      Bill G

      Ayuh. And it was SOP for anyone contacting the Resistance to be shipped out of the Theater. But he and a bomber pilot wanted to keep fighting. Their special request chits got them all the way up to Ike. And I think he has to send it farther up the chain of command. Net result was, they kept on fighting.

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Chuck Yeager RIP. I got disgusted with VA and fired them last Thursday. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:41 am

    At least there is no chewed gum and boogers under the seat…

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Conspiracy theories are always baseless. For irrefutable proof, see here.

    • December 8, 2020 at 12:57 am
      • December 8, 2020 at 6:44 am

        Hawaii Five-O was fiction. The reality is that Hawai’i has always been one of the most corrupt states in the Union.

        Also one of the most bigoted. See “Bust a Haole Day”.

        clear ether


      • December 8, 2020 at 7:39 am

        Hard to blame them really. They got screwed over much more recently than the earlier continental US inhabitants.

        Besides, everything there is absurdly expense and you’re stuck nuts to butts with people. Not my idea of an idyllic getaway. Best populated place I saw on Oahu was the USMC base. Very few people on the beaches.

      • December 9, 2020 at 1:52 am

        The new Hawaii Five-O was perhaps too close to reality. After the fifth or so time I saw the following exchange:

        “This is where the informant says our suspect lives.”
        “We don’t have a warrant.”
        “Listen — I think I hear someone inside crying for help!”

        …I asked myself why I continued to watch this copsucking glorification of the Amerikan police state, so I stopped.

  • December 8, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Oh, RIGHT–always baseless, except when they aren’t. What despicable SOBs, and what incredible greed.

  • December 8, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Chuck Yeager. A good man. Rest in Peace.

    • December 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Amen. One of the best.

  • December 8, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Yeager. RIP or Rest in Glory {modestly}

    • December 8, 2020 at 4:53 am
      Lucius Severus Pertinax

      HE won’t be resting in Peace! HE will now be teaching the Angels something about Flying!

      • December 8, 2020 at 6:47 am

        The movie The Right Stuff says it all. When Yeager is walking away from the wreckage of the crashed NF-104A.

        “Hey…is that a man?”

        “You’re damn right, it is!”

        Vaya con Dios, sir.


      • December 8, 2020 at 7:15 am

        I thought the quote was: “Look … there! It’s a man!” As he is walking towards them. Then his buddy: “Your damn right!”

  • December 8, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Asking a Democrat to think is like asking a rubber band to saw wood.

    On the other hand, when PDT just the other day called for a “hero” to come forth, he had to be referring to potential Democrat whistleblowers – near the top of the food chain – daring to come clean and expose the who what where and when of the plot to steal the White House. Maybe some brave soul already has…?

    • December 8, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      No, that was God calling Yeager Home. What a man.

      Wouldn’t mind joining him if the commies take over and we don’t go to war to stop them.

      The discussion the other day about good men and hard men being hard/good to find? It’s a lot harder in the swamp, but there are some. Sure be good to fine one or six.

      • December 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm

        Seth Rich was a good man. And look what they did to him.

  • December 8, 2020 at 6:47 am
    Bill G

    Rest in Peace, pilot. And may the fraudsters here know no peace.

  • December 8, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Gen. Yeager was also a fighter pilots’ pilot. Col Jack Broughton was court-martialed for violating the ROE in Vietnam when he instinctively returned fire when taking ground fire over Haiphong harbor. Turned out it was a RUSSIAN freighter shooting at him. He exposed the gun camera film to daylight, but a vindictive senior General wanted his ass for conspiracy to violate ROE. Gen. Yeager just happened to be the presiding officer of the Court. Heard the evidence, and reduced the charge to damaging government property and fined him $25.00(See Broughton’s books “Thud Ridge” and “Going Downtown”.)

    Zar Belk!

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    Chris Muir

    Note: Old Codger is banned, he’s working with a troll.

    • December 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      I had a troll in the Basement apartment for 16 years. Everybody should have one for a period of time, teaches patience and tolerance.

      Then my wife’s mother moved to Florida to live close to my wife’s sister. But I didn’t have to ban her…

    • December 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      We talk here about fake news, fake elections etc. all easy to see on the other side. But there are fake Conservatives too, and OC is one, along with being a provably back-stabbing traitor.

  • December 8, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    Punta Gorda
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    • December 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm
      Punta Gorda

      “Can’t keep doing this?”

      Not much of a doctor is he?

      • December 8, 2020 at 10:37 pm

        It was more of a people that have no clue about how to provide medical care to patients should not tell medical professionals what medications and treatments should be used. Would you want someone with a degree in political science or gender studies deciding what drugs you got to save your life?

  • December 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Spirits up! The MAGA supermajority has no reason whatsoever to submit to the criminal(D) minority.

    • December 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      “Spirits up!”

      You mean like going Home to be with God and seeing my Mom and Dad again?

      I’m good with that. And if it comes to it, I will not “submit”, no way no how so…Hello Lord!

      Sure hate to leave the mess for Mybabies though.

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