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Statue of Chuck Yeager.

Statue of Chuck Yeager

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Hamlin, West Virginia

Test pilot Chuck Yeager's hometown didn't erect a statue of its favorite son until after "The Right Stuff" made him famous in the 1980s, but he's depicted as he looked on October 14, 1947 -- the day he broke the Sound Barrier in the X-1 rocket plane. In life-size bronze, green and pigeon-stained with age, Chuck stands in his vintage flight suit, holding his helmet in one hand, his gear slung over his shoulder, wearing a confident smile. The statue was unveiled on the 40th anniversary of Chuck's record-breaking flight.

Yeager stands atop an eight-foot-high platform outside of his old high school -- class of 1941 -- safely out of the way of demons that he never encountered up in the supersonic thin air: teenagers.

Statue of Chuck Yeager

Hamlin PK-8 School

8130 Court Ave., Hamlin, WV
Hamlin PK-8 School. Downtown, on the north side of WV-3/Court Ave., between the post office and the 7-11.
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