Today is Chuck Yeager's 97th birthday, and it's a great time to revisit the historic test pilot's ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Yeager, of course, was the pilot who ensured that the sound barrier was no longer a barrier.
He was the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. When his bullet-shaped Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier 45,000 feet above the Southern California desert, much of that technological power was tied to what was then Wright Field here outside Dayton.
Major Bill White, a 104-year-old Marine veteran who fought and was injured in the World War Two battle for Iwo Jima, sits among thousands of Valentine's Day cards at his home at an assisted living facility in Stockton, California, U.S. January 31, 2020. R(EUTERS/Kate Munsch)
STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine's Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love letters and well-wishes sent from all over the world.
The cards and notes to "Major Bill," a retired major who lives in an assisted living facility in Stockton, California, began pouring in after a fellow resident launched a social media campaign called "Operation Valentine," asking friends and strangers alike to send greetings to honor White.
At the outset, the goal was a modest 100 cards - about one for every one of White's birthdays - but the response has outstripped all expectations.
Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
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