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  • Never wait for trouble.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • We have a lot of events coming up, such as Tennessee Week for the Animals in October. We work closely with the Maryville Animal Shelter, which has been just great.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • This is a first-time event, and we're looking forward to it.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.
    (Chuck Yeager)


  • Rocket propulsion was explored -- specifically, a turbo-pump-equipped rocket made by Reaction Motors Inc. Delivering 6,000 pounds of thrust, the acid-aniline-fueled engine was believed to be capable of boosting an airplane to the fringes of the known performance envelope,
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don't do, you don't believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • If you want to grow old as a pilot, you've got to know when to push it, and when to back off.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • When it started, I had about 20,000 pilots donate their aircraft and fuel so we could fly 1 million kids by Dec. 17, 2003 (the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight), ... I flew the millionth one at the Nevada County Airport.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • Later, I realized that the mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn't in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up.
    (Chuck Yeager)

  • He had a program called Free Spirit, ... He split 1 million four ways between people who didn't conform to the normal. I did a couple of slow rolls with the X-1 (the plane in which he broke the sound barrier), and I guess he thought that qualified.
    (Chuck Yeager)


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