Yeager Caught By Crosswind
Even a legend can be brought down to earth by a crosswind. Just ask Chuck Yeager. The pilot synonymous with edge-of-the-envelope flying met his match while taxiing after landing at Heaven's Landing, an airport development near Clayton, Ga. The 80-year-old retired Air Force general apparently bumped his head when the aircraft went off the runway and into a ditch. His wife was also not seriously injured. Physical injuries notwithstanding, the crowd of onlookers awaiting Yeager's arrival could feel his pain. "He was embarrassed," said developer Mike Ciochetti Jr. "Other pilots were watching and they were humbled -- when something like this happens to the best." Yeager went to the aviation community to see a street named after him. Other World War II aces will also be honored with addressed there.