Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager

American World War II flying ace and test pilot; first pilot to fly faster than sound
Brigadier General Charles Elwood Yeager was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot who in October 1947 became the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.Wikipedia
BornFebruary 13, 1923
HometownMyra, West Virginia, U.S.
Net worth$1 million
Height5'10" (1.78m)
SpouseVictoria Scott D'Angelo, Glennis Dickhouse
ChildrenSusan Yeager, Michael Yeager, Don Yeager, Sharon Yeager Flick
ParentsSusie Mae Yeager, Albert Hal Yeager


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OTD In Space - October. 14: Chuck Yeager Breaks The Sound Barrier

On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier for the first time! Yeager was a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force who made history by flying an aircraft faster than the speed of sound. He made his historic flight in a Bell X-1 rocket plane that he named "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife. Yeager had broken two ribs the night before when he fell off a horse, but that didn't stop him! His aircraft was dropped from a Boeing B-29 bomber before accelerating to a speed of Mach 1.07, which is about 821 miles per hour. The speed of sound, Mach 1, is about 760 miles per hour.
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