The first pilot to go supersonic is now tweeting almost as fast.
Over the past few days, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager has been answering all kinds of questions on his Twitter page, ranging from space travel to fishing.
Yeager, broke the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947, traveling faster than Mach 1 in the Bell X-1 "Glamorous Glennis." The aircraft is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Yeager, a decorated World War II flying ace in his P-51 Mustang, was shot down over France, escaped to Spain with the aid of the French Resistance, and later flew more combat missions against the Nazis. He also commanded squadrons and wings in Europe, the United States and in the Philippines during the Vietnam War, where he flew more combat missions. You can follow Yeager on his Twitter account.
Here are some of the best questions and answers - just from the past few days:
1. First, let's get this out of the way. 2. No Concorde replacement soon, then. 3. Taking a swipe at a famous astronaut's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars"? 4. Uh, maybe "The Right Stuff"? 5. Always go camping with a friend. 6. Yeager has crossed paths with quite a few famous people. 7. Like lots of tough guys, a special woman can get them weak in the knees -- in this case, Glennis, his wife of 45 years before she died in 1990. 8. Will remotely piloted aircraft take over everything? 9. His recommendations on where to learn to fly. 10. Mission to Mars? 11. Wonder what was on his mind. 12. Can't keep a pilot away from his aircraft. 13. Don't count on the general for fishing tips. 14. And finally, he settles a long debate.