Chuck Yeager: F-35 Not The Right Stuff

Gen. Chuck Yeager

Gen. Chuck Yeager Isaac Brekken/AP file photo

The man who broke the sound barrier is now breaking Twitter stereotypes.

Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, had some trenchant comments on the $397 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on his Twitter feed last week:

“I was asked my opinion about the F-35. It's a waste of money. Far too expensive. Give me an F-15 E -- less expensive, will do the job,” he Tweeted.

Yeager, who broke the sound barrier piloting the rocket-powered Bell X-1 on Oct. 14, 1947, turned 90 in February. Judging by his Twitter posts, he has no intention of slowing down.

Yeager shows that Twitter is definitely not the exclusive province of the young.