Chuck Yeager, American Aviator ( February 13, 1923 - )

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You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.~Chuck Yeager

Great Job Risk

You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up.~Chuck Yeager

Best Long You

I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.~Chuck Yeager

Fear Learn Flying

If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it's an outstanding landing.~Chuck Yeager

Good Day Walk

There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot.~Chuck Yeager

Pilot Thing

Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own.~Chuck Yeager

People Rules Willing

Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don't do, you don't believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.~Chuck Yeager

Learn Believe Wings

Never wait for trouble.~Chuck Yeager

Wait Trouble Never

The one word you use in military flying is duty. It's your duty. You have no control over outcome, no control over pick-and-choose. It's duty.~Chuck Yeager

Flying Control Military

Later, I realized that the mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn't in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight.~Chuck Yeager

Knowledge Experience Sky

If you want to grow old as a pilot, you've got to know when to push it, and when to back off.~Chuck Yeager

Want You Push

What good does it do to be afraid? It doesn't help anything. You better try and figure out what's happening and correct it.~Chuck Yeager

Good Help Better

It's really difficult for fanatic churchgoers to understand God can't help me. I'm the only one who can help me.~Chuck Yeager

God Me Help

When I was picked to fly the X-1, it was my duty to fly it, and I did.~Chuck Yeager

Fly Duty Did

In 1966, NASA took over in space, and it has been a bureaucratic mess ever since.~Chuck Yeager

Space NASA Over

It wasn't that the X-1 would kill you, it was the systems in the X-1 that would kill you.~Chuck Yeager

You Would Systems