How India brought down the USâ€™ supersonic man January 17, 2012 Rakesh Krishnan[color="5"] Simha, specially for RIR , Chuck Yeager is an American icon and will go down in history as the first man to break the sound barrier. But during the 1971 India-Pakistan War, when an Indian pilot shot his personal aircraft, the air ace lost cool, and demanded retaliatory against India. Mercifully, his antics were ignored by then US President Richard Nixon.[/color] . . Below are extract of the actual article. . . For full article please visit the following link. . . . How India brought down the USâ€™ supersonic man | Russia & India Report . ** The 1971 India-Pakistan war didnâ€™t turn out very well from the US' point of view. For one particular American it went particularly bad Chuck Yeager, the legendary test pilot and the first man to break the sound barrier, was dispatched by the US government to train Pakistani air force pilots but ended up as target practice for the Indian Air Force, and in the process kicked up a diplomatic storm in a war situation. ** Yeager enjoyed was a twin-engine Beechcraft, an airplane supplied by the Pentagon. It was his pride and joy and he often used the aircraft for transporting the US ambassador on fishing expeditions in Pakistanâ€™s northwest mountains. . ** Yeager may have been a celebrated American icon, but hereâ€™s what Ingraham says about his nonchalant attitude. â€œWe at the embassy were increasingly preoccupied with the deepening crisis (the Pakistan Army murdered more than 3,000,000 civilians in then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh). I remember one occasion on which the ambassador asked Yeager for his assessment of how long the Pakistani forces in the East could withstand an all-out attack by India. "We could hold them off for maybe a month," he replied, "but beyond that we wouldn't have a chance without help from outside." It took the rest of us a moment to fathom what he was saying, not realising at first that "we" was West Pakistan, not the United States." . The best part.-- ** As briefings for the first wave of retaliatory strikes on Pakistan were being conducted, Prakash had drawn a two-aircraft mission against the PAF base of Chaklala, located south east of Islamabad. Flying in low under the radar, they climbed to 2000 feet as they neared the target. As Chaklala airfield came into view they scanned the runways for Pakistani fighters but were disappointed to see only two small planes. Dodging antiaircraft fire, Prakash blasted both to smithereens with 30mm cannon fire. One was Yeager's Beechcraft and the other was a Twin Otter used by Canadian UN forces. Fishing in troubled waters When Yeager discovered his plane was smashed, he rushed to the US embassy in Islamabad and started yelling like a deranged maniac. His voice resounding through the embassy, he said the Indian pilot not only knew exactly what he was doing but had been specifically instructed by the Indian prime minister to blast Yeager's plane. In his autobiography, he later said that it was the â€œIndian way of giving Uncle Sam the fingerâ€. Yeager pressured the US embassy in Pakistan into sending a top priority cable to Washington that described the incident as a â€œdeliberate affront to the American nation and recommended immediate countermeasuresâ€. Basically, a desperate and distracted Yeager was calling for the American bombing of India, something that President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were already mulling.