Quote, Unquote: Chuck Yeager

fhmchuckyeagerFHM, June 2004

The first man to break the sound barrier on despising NASA, crash-landing near schools and eluding Nazis.

Why is it called a cockpit anyway?
I don’t know, but I suppose it’s due to a discrepancy– like some idiots call a control stick a joystick. Why? Beats the hell out of me. That’s just terminology, like “the right stuff” and that crap. The movie industry hasn’t helped a hell of a lot either. Like
Top Gun with Tom Cruise. The guys they portrayed in that goddamn movie would last about two seconds in a real war. It was good entertainment and that’s all. It’s not a training film, that’s for damn sure. You know, in every damn movie they make, whether it’s flying or a Western or anything else, there’s always some good-looking little gal in the background they dangle in front of people.

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