That not only took skill, but it proves that fly by the seat of pants is always instilled in many pilots.
This was not that newsworthy, but a local pilot repeated Chuck Yeagers feat by flying under the same bridge in Charleston, WV. in a Piper Tri Pacer. He took off from a island about 3 miles away.
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. Yeager in 2008.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Since there have been so many versions of my flying under the South Side Bridge I thought I would explain once and for all what really happened.
After spending the weekend with Dad and Mom in Hamlin, Dad drove me to the Charleston Airport on Oct. 10, 1948. After showing Dad some of the systems in the P-80 and how they worked, I crawled into the cockpit.