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"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." - Gen. Chuck Yeager

There's a great story in the Style section of today's Washington Post about Chuck Yeager.  This Sunday will be the 60th Anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier by Yeager when he flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane that hangs in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  It's a wonderful article. I commend it to your reading:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/12/AR2007101202305.html.

My father was a Naval aviator.  He regularly flew an F-4 Corsair, the "gull-winged" plane, off the deck of aircraft carriers out at sea.  I don't know how many "outstanding landings" he had (I'm not aware he had a habit of busting up his planes), but from the countless number of flights he returned from, and the fact that he still walks among us today, I guess he had his fare share of "good landings".  Lord knows, if he was making bargains with the Almighty each and every time he took off and then came back in to land on a rocking n' rolling postage stamp floating on the big wide ocean, God came in later on to cash in some of those chips and called Dad forth for a different kind of mission (in ministry).

I would have loved to have flown with him.  Not Yeager.  My Dad.  (Although I imagine my Pa can be every bit as ornery as the General was).  There's still a lot about my father's military service that I do not know.  I hold out some hope that one day he will write about it.