Wit & wisdom from New York Times #1 best-selling author (sold over 1.2 million books), the original badass & Right Stuff, fighter ace, test pilot, greatest pilot, a pilot’s pilot, a man’s man, a woman’s man: Chuck Yeager, & his favorite wingman, Victoria. Find out why Maverick, the new Top Gun movie, pays homage to Chuck Yeager!
Chuck Yeager risked his life to break the sound barrier opening up space. Many are inspired by his wit & wisdom that got him through poverty in the hollers of West Virginia, helped him escape the Gestapo & become a fighter ace & hero in World War II, & made him the greatest pilot who ever lived.
Philip Kaufman, director The Right Stuff: Chuck Yeager was the Ace of Aces. He challenged the demons that lived in the air & was the first to poke a hole in the sky. The heavens were his battleground, but he was also the most down-to-earth guy you could ever meet. He was a steely-eyed straight shooter who didn’t mince words or suffer fools when it came to getting the job done right. He was also a twinkly-eyed, fun-loving guy who truly understood what the Pursuit of Happiness was all about. Thanks to Victoria Yeager, we now have this book of his wit and wisdom to remind us that he is still up there somewhere, doing what he always did.
Gerald McRaney, actor, outdoorsman, NCIS-Los Angeles: When I met General Yeager & Victoria. I will admit to having been more than a little awestruck at meeting a genuine childhood hero. Truth be told, I still am. Since then, I have been honored to call them friends. Almost everyone knows something about the exploits of the greatest aviator of them all. A few of us got to know the humor of this great man. This book will let those not lucky enough to have known him to get a glimpse at the wit and wisdom of the man from West Virginia who changed the world through his work and made it a better place just by being in it. Meet my friend Chuck Yeager.
Rabbi David Wolpe (Newsweek’s top rabbi in America): Here it is: the wit, wisdom & astonishing courage of a great American hero. As he said: Everyone’s got a job to do, son. He did his, superlatively well, & Victoria Yeager tells us about it in the pilot’s own words. Read it, learn & be inspired.
Gen. Charlie Duke, USAF (ret.), Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 16, astronaut: I served under Colonel Yeager’s command as a student & staff member at the USAF test pilot school. He was a demanding but fair boss whom I deeply respected & admired. General Yeager, my mentor, comes alive in these pages of great wisdom & humor from vast experience,
Joe Bonsall/Oak Ridge Boys (17 #1 hits on Billboard country charts): This book brought tears and joy as it elicited so many great memories. We so loved this man. Thank you, Chuck Yeager, for enriching our lives. You, Sir, represent the BEST of ALL of us!
Barbara Eden, singer, actress: I first met Colonel Yeager when we filmed ‘I Dream of Jeanie’ at Edwards AFB. His charm, wit, & sense of fun come through beautifully in this book.
Col. Pat Duffy USAF (ret.), Test Pilot & IP with General Yeager in F-15, F-16, F-18: I was blessed as an Air Force Fighter Pilot & Test Pilot to have known & flown with General Yeager in a variety of aircraft over many years. His witty & insightful comments conveyed a mix of humor, candor/directness & experience that this book captures incredibly well & brings to life. I see my role model, mentor & friend in these pages & know you’ll enjoy getting to know him a little better as you read these great stories, too!
Capt. Julie E. Clark NWA (ret), Aerobatic pilot, T-34/T-28: Such a great tribute to ‘General Chuck’, a man I admired & knew very well for over 35 years! I grew to realize his true insight & very quick wit. He may have taken great risks, but these ‘Yeager-isms’ really tell the story of what a brilliant mind he had to stay alive & ‘fly the airplane!!’