Among its 2009 inductees, the California Museum Hall of Fame has included retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the Air Force test pilot, who, among numerous feats and an Air Force career that included becoming a fighter ace in World War II and flying combat over Vietnam, was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. The induction ceremony takes place Dec. 1. In an Aug. 25 release, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the state’s hall of fame “celebrates our most influential women and men, and honors them for their drive, willingness to take risks, dedication and success in touching the lives of millions of people—not just in this state but around the world.” (Museum’s inductee Web page)
An Active-Duty Airman set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy this afternoon, the Air Force confirmed to Air & Space Forces Magazine. The man, who was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, has not yet been publicly identified.