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Chuck Yeager: Still alive and feisty!


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#1 harolds

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 03:26 AM

I googled him because I figured he past away by now. No way! Because of hearing loss he seems to have taken to social media like, as The Telegraph article says, a very angry duck to water. He called the citizens of the UK "nasty" and "arrogant". When called on it he stood by his position and didn't retreat (naturally!). I don't agree with him but it's kind of funny. It was in an article in the British newspaper "The Telegraph" earlier this month. Any of you posters from the UK aware of this?


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#2 FalkeEins

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 04:06 PM

 of course we are !  Talk about pot and kettle! The guy always was an arrogant old *bleep*, just he's got a lot worse with age! I did read though that he has actually lost it big time (his marbles that is) and that it is his wife that comes up with all these stupid comments


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#3 von Poop

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:03 PM

Been following 'him' for a little while now.
I think it's hilarious.

Hadn't heard the wife theory, Falkeins, though it makes perfect sense. I'd been assuming grandkids. :)

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#4 The_Historian

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 12:39 AM

Yeah, saw it the first time round.

Prat.


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#5 harolds

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 01:05 AM

I just read that his buddy and fellow WWII vet and test pilot Bob Hoover just died.



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Posted 28 October 2016 - 03:29 AM

"Arrogant" is a slur people sometimes throw at both fighter pilots and Americans. It's a necessary attribute in the first case and an inaccurate one in the second, no one group has the market cornered on arrogance.
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Posted 28 October 2016 - 06:27 AM

Dutch?

 

 

 

 

 

Just saying...


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 10:06 PM

"Arrogant" is a slur people sometimes throw at both fighter pilots and Americans. 

 

  not even an arrogant American fighter pilot would state - as Yeager did a while back  - that the Spitfire wasn't a good aeroplane. Not so much arrogant or 'feisty' as just sheer bloody-minded



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Posted 28 October 2016 - 11:57 PM

Yeah...he got that one wrong.
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Posted 29 October 2016 - 12:23 AM

He's quite old, and he's not about to write a book or enter into an area of historical inquiry any time soon. I have the same reaction von Poop does.

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 02:05 AM

Seems remiss not to have a link to his account.
https://twitter.com/GenChuckYeager

And with all replies & tweets:
https://twitter.com/...er/with_replies

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 04:30 AM

He's quite old, and he's not about to write a book or enter into an area of historical inquiry any time soon. I have the same reaction von Poop does.

I stand corrected. According to Yeager's twitter, he's written a book yet to be published. He didn't mention a title or subject.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:04 AM

"Arrogant" is a slur people sometimes throw at both fighter pilots and Americans. It's a necessary attribute in the first case and an inaccurate one in the second, no one group has the market cornered on arrogance.

in the 80's to 90's it was the japanese. right now it's the chinese and singaporeans. pretty soon it'll just be the chinese.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:58 AM

Many men are good or great at one or two things and hopeless outside their area of expertise. Yeager is a great fighter pilot, a great pure aviator, and a very brave man. Apparently he is a bit of an ass as well.

 

And the lesson, brothers and sisters, is that thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 02:00 PM

Many men are good or great at one or two things and hopeless outside their area of expertise. Yeager is a great fighter pilot, a great pure aviator, and a very brave man.

About Charles Lindbergh i heard the opinion, that he is fantastic in "not falling asleep during a long flight" but that's all. Even the Nazis considered him only as an "useful idiot".

 

But he is a famous person in our history.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:10 PM

Douglas Bader was notoriously arrogant and difficult.  However his status as an 'Ace' meant most people overlooked his faults and thus help re-inforce his opinion he was very special.  Famous  Yorkshiremen revel in the 'blunt-speaking' mythos they create for themselves but personally I find the type to be just ignorant and boorish bullies.  Never could understand how G. Boycot and F. Trueman ever had any friends-in Boycot's case I will admit he may be the one man who truly has no friends!



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:34 PM

Patton was blunt. ..Kind of Trumpish now i think about it. I admire men who speak their piece without worrying about feelings.

Feelings/political correctness have a small space while at war.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:43 PM

Patton was blunt. ..Kind of Trumpish now i think about it. I admire men who speak their piece without worrying about feelings.

Feelings/political correctness have a small space while at war.

Only when the victim is someone you don't like. Tends to be seen differently if you or yours are the victims.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:54 PM

Sorry MrKenny, i don't follow.

Victims of words...victims are only of violence not words.


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:15 AM

Sorry MrKenny, i don't follow.

Victims of words...victims are only of violence not words.

 

I meant that they ended up at the end of a tirade from an idiot. As I said I find that 'blunt-speaking' people are mostly ignorant rude people used to getting their own way and who do not take kindly to any correction. I have no time for someone who can only feel good by bullying an underling.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 03:03 AM

I would not say that everyone who is blunt-spoken is necessarily a bully. Some blunt spoken people are highly intelligent persons who get straight to the point and do not like to waste time on nonsense. Some great soldiers are in this class, including Grant, Sherman, and Wellington. Montgomery was blunt-spoken as well, though he had indeed been a bully as a youth and always tended to throw his weight around. I don't think you could say that of the other three men I mentioned. If a commander cannot be blunt when necessary, then I think he is in the wrong business. Yeager was just shooting his mouth off, a habit of the old and the bigoted. No doubt his bluntness had much more point and intelligence when he was using it as a fighter leader. Then at least he was talking from knowledge and experience.



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:01 AM

Patton was blunt. ..Kind of Trumpish now i think about it. I admire men who speak their piece without worrying about feelings.

Feelings/political correctness have a small space while at war.

No bastard ever won an election by promising to die for his country. He won it by promising to make all the other poor dumb bastards...


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