Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager, best known for breaking the sound barrier and for his cockpit heroics, spoke Sunday about aviation safety to a group of 400 people at the Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan Park.
The crowd of mostly pilots, many who flew in to hear Yeager speak, probed the retired Air Force general with highly technical questions about planes and past missions.
Yeager, 88, buzzed through answers while peppering in stories from his childhood rebuilding Chevrolets in West Virginia and his early years as a fighter pilot in World War II.
"It was great to hear him talk," said Michael Malcolm, who flew from Aspen, Colo., to McClellan with his 10-year-old daughter. Fifty-five planes landed Sunday at the former Air Force base for the event, a fundraiser for the Aerospace Museum of California.
"I'm a big fan of Gen. Yeager," Malcolm said. "His book had a positive impact on my life when I had engine failure. The first thing in my mind was 'What would Chuck Yeager do?' I'm here today."
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