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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. -- Calling him the most righteous of those with the right stuff, Edwards Air Force Base officials unveiled a statue Wednesday of the base's most famous test pilot: Chuck Yeager This page is currently protected from editing until disputes have been resolved. .
Made of bronze and weighing 500 pounds, the statue depicts Yeager as he appeared some 30 years ago -- just before he retired from active duty as a brigadier general -- in a flight suit and holding a helmet.
``I've received a lot of honors,'' Yeager, 83, said. ``The ones coming from the flight test center are the ones that really get to me.''
In a ceremony kicked off with a sonic boom, Yeager attended an unveiling of the statue at the corner of Yeager and Rosamond boulevards on the base.
Van Howd, who had served as a White House artist during the Reagan administration Noun 1. Reagan administration - the executive under President Reagan
executive - persons who administer the law , said he spent about six months crafting the statue. Van Howd worked primarily from photographs supplied by Edwards and from a uniform Yeager provided him.
``I hope this is a reminder of the 42 years he's spent in this area and that he's the No. 1 aviator in the world,'' Van Howd said of the work.
The statue was donated to Edwards by Bruce Fite, a Northern California Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The region contains the San Francisco Bay Area, the state capital, Sacramento; as well as the substantial natural beauty of the redwood forests, the northern real estate developer and former military pilot.
Base historian Jim Young This article is about the Canadian football player. For other uses, see Jim Young (disambiguation).
James Norman "Dirty Thirty" Young (born June 6, 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a former professional American football and Canadian football player. referred to Yeager as the ``most righteous of those with the right stuff'' and a role model and mentor to many distinguished test pilots, such as former X-15 pilot and astronaut Joe Engle, who was in attendance at the ceremony.
``In an age of media-made heroes, he is the real deal,'' Young said of Yeager.
Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, called Yeager a legend and a man born to fly.
``He's a plain-speaking West Virginian who has accomplished amazing things,'' Bedke said.
Yeager said he was honored by the ceremony, but jokingly said he was also a bit miffed miff
1. A petulant, bad-tempered mood; a huff.
2. A petty quarrel or argument; a tiff.
tr.v. miffed, miff·ing, miffs
To cause to become offended or annoyed. -- he was listening to airplanes that he wasn't getting a chance to fly anymore.
``I'm 83 and I could fly in an F-16 with no problem, but General Bedke doesn't think so,'' Yeager said.
A World War II and Vietnam veteran This article is about veterans of the Vietnam War. For the French psychedelic musical group, see Vietnam Veterans.
Vietnam veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. , Yeager has always considered his combat service his greatest achievement, but for most people he is most noted for being the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager broke the sound barrier in a flight on the X-1 rocketplane on Oct. 14, 1947 at what is now Edwards.
During the ceremony, Yeager paid tribute to his friend Bob Hoover Robert A. "Bob" Hoover (born 1922) is a former air show pilot and United States Air Force test pilot. His personal trademark is a wide-brimmed straw hat and wide smile. Aviation career , who was in attendance Wednesday. Yeager said when he emerged from the ``college of life and death'' that was World War II, he was a bit ragged as a pilot.
Yeager said he refined his piloting skills flying with Hoover at air shows while waiting to attend test pilot school.
``He was the one who taught me what precision flying was all about,'' Yeager said.
Yeager told Hoover that one day they will be reading their last pre-flight checklists. ``It'll be hard to read. Not because we are old, but because it'll be inside a casket,'' Yeager said. ``The last paragraph will read, `You guys had a ball.'''
(1 -- color in Verb 1. color in - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour AV edition only) Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager at the ceremony unveiling his statue at Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday.
(2 -- 3 -- color -- ran in AV edition only) Above, unveiling the Chuck Yeager statue are, from left, Bruce Fite, who donated the statue, Air Force Flight Test Center commander Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, statue sculptor Douglas Van Howd and retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager.
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