HAMLIN: Courthouse, Court Ave at Main St, Hamlin, WV
Lincoln County, WV (June 1, 2008) - Simply put, Chuck Yeager has consistently exceeded expectations and beaten the odds against his success. He was among America's first crop of youngsters who grew up expecting to pilot heavier-than-air machines in controlled flight. Certainly, the generation immediately prior to his were the pioneers of powered flight, they took the human experience from ground level to thousands of feet above the earth, where one's perception of the world was immensely changed. But it was the boys, and a few of the girls, of the first twentieth century generation that explored the usefulness of the machines and developed the skills of the pilots and flight crews required to fly them.