Chuck Yeager Flies West: ‘The First Time I Ever Saw a Jet, I Shot It Down’

Legendary aircraft test pilot Chuck Yeager died this week at 97. Pilot Bill Whittle reflects on this iconic American aviation figure — first to break the sound barrier, among other aviation records — clearly had ‘The Right Stuff.’ He once said, “The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down.” Bill Whittle, Stephen Green and Scott Ott create 20 new episodes of Right Angle each month thanks to our Members. Join us now at

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