Don’t Try This At Home

Posted by Lex, on October 5, 2008


It’s not West Virginia in 1948. And you’re not Chuck Yeager.

“Frank Knight had just announced that Capt. Chuck Yeager was going to fly over,” Kelley said. “I didn’t see a plane in the sky. I looked east, below the horizon, about where the Capitol is, and I saw a plane.

“I actually had to look down to see it. That’s how low it was. I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness!’”

He watched that jet fly right under the South Side Bridge.

The jet did a victory roll and roared out of sight.

“The crowd went nuts.”

“We all just looked at each other open-mouthed in disbelief,” said Boggs. “Then there was a swell of applause. By then, Yeager was probably halfway to Cincinnati.”

The press never broke the tale, and an unmolested Yeager went on to break the Mach 2.0 record and command fighter squadrons, among other achievements. That was back in the time when the US press could be in the tank for a military veteran and war hero.

Times change.

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