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Chuck Yeager (Famous Flyers) by Colleen Madonna Flood Williams

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Still, she kept at it, and an angry General White wrote out orders for Chuck to accompany her to Spain. Jackie Cochran wanted Chuck to accompany her on a trip to Spain to negotiate the rules for the FAI — the world governing body for air sports and world aviation records. She believed she could use Chuck’s fame to help her in the negotiations. 63 64 CHUCK YEAGER General White was not about to let the Air War College dictate protocol to him. Chuck spent a week in Spain with Jackie and the Russians.

But after a while, the group warmed up to the young fighter pilot, and he was invited to accompany them on a supply mission. Included in the supplies that they received were fuses, explosives, and timing devices. Since Chuck had grown up helping his dad set off plastic explosives as part of his job as a gas driller, he explained to the leader of the Maquis that he could help them use the explosives effectively. He became the Maquis’ demolitions expert. In March, Chuck was taken on a mission into town, a mission that he knew could turn out to be quite dangerous.

S. Air Force. The trophy is given to the air force person or persons responsible for the most meritorious flight of the year. Captain Charles E. Yeager, along with John Stack and Lawrence D. Bell, were awarded the Collier Trophy. Chuck received the Collier Trophy from President Truman. The award ceremony was held at the White House. The Collier Trophy was established in 1911 by Robert J. Collier. Collier was a publisher and one of the first presidents of the Aero Club of America. The trophy is administered by the National Aeronautic Association of the United States of America.

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