Sunday, October 14, 2007

they had the right stuff

60 years ago today, 24 year old Cpt Charles Yeager climbed into a 31 foot bullet with wings and a rocket engine, dropped from a B-29, eased back on the flight yolk, closed a switch, and flew into history.
Here we are today, 60 years later, with the F-22 Raptor, with supercruise, it can fly faster than the speed of sound, without resorting to afterburners.
Its tough to remember to appreciate all the advances in technology, and the luxuries that tech and engineering deliver to us every day, if not for people like Chuck Yeager, Henry Ford, Niel Armstrong, Wernher Von Braun, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Tycho Brahe, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Rene Descartes, Issac Newton, Rudolph Diesel, Eli Whitney, Louis Pasteur and way too many others to name who bucked the norm, dreamed big dreams and chased them relentlessly we would still probably work where we live, and loose 30% of our children in their first year.

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