Gen. Yeager flying high at 84 |

Gen. Yeager flying high at 84

Gen. Chuck Yeager was doing one of the things he loves best Friday morning, flying above Nevada County with close friend and Grass Valley businessman Bart Riebe.

“Bart’s an excellent pilot and he wanted to land it, but I told him ‘No, I’ve got one more left in me,'” Yeager said in the West Virginia native twang that has never left him.

At 84, Nevada County’s most famous person obviously has more than one landing left. Other than a slight hitch in his gate, he remains sharp and in flying shape with no restrictions on his license.

The man who broke the sound barrier in 1947 as the first step in the race for space was taking a break from his still-busy schedule. But he did have time for a promotional shot for Channel 3 in Sacramento for Air Force Week, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force which begins Monday.

Yeager will not make a special appearance at Beale Air Force Base’s open house and festivities next Wednesday, but he will be at a special dinner there Friday night. This weekend, he will be fishing with Baron Hilton, one of the heirs to the Hilton Hotel fortune and Paris Hilton’s grandfather.

For the full story, see Saturday’s edition of The Union.

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