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On May 15, 1944 pilot Chuck Yeager safely returned to England after being shot down over France... via the resistance he made it back to his base in the UK and went on to fly during WW II shooting down a German jet-powered Messerschmitt Me-262 with his prop-driven NAA P-51 Mustang!
Yeager became the first pilot in his group to make 5 kills on a single mission and became known as the pilot who broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947... during which he wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch.
Since 1947, Yeager has been seen wearing different Rolex models but the GMT-master Pepsi is his favorite... a Rolex pilot watch model, flown in space on at least 25 occasions!
Rolex ad with USAF General Charles "Chuck" Yeager. In 1989 Rolex produced a " The Real McCoy's " Rolex GMT-master II 16710 Pepsi with " Chuck Yeager " in red on the black dial... it retailed in Japan and had both the P-51 and the Bell X-1 on the caseback. (Photo: Rolex)
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."