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|Full name||Charles Elwood Yeager|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1923-02-13) February 13, 1923
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
|Years of service||1941–1975|
World War II
|Awards Won||Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (3)
Bronze Star Medal
Others (see below)
|Wife/Husband||Glennis Dickhouse (1945–90; her death) (4 children)
Victoria Scott D’Angelo (2003–present)
|Relations||Steve Yeager (cousin)|
|Other work||Flight instructor and test pilot|
Chuck Yeager Short Bio
Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager (Myra, West Virginia, United States, February 13, 1923) is a retired Brigadier General of the United States Air Force considered the first person to overcome the speed of sound in an aircraft.
Yeager’s career began in World War II as a private in the Air Forces of the United States Army (USAAF). After working as an aircraft mechanic, in 1941 he entered the pilot training school and after graduating was promoted to the rank of flight officer (equivalent to second lieutenant) and became a fighter pilot of the P-51 Mustang.
After the war, Yeager became a test pilot for many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket planes. As he was the first human being to break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the Bell X-1 experimental aircraft to Mach 1, at an altitude of 13,700 meters (45,000 feet). Although Scott Crossfield was the first to fly faster, Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager soon after, set a new record of Mach 2.44.
Later Yeager commanded hunting squadrons and wing units in Germany and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and in recognition of his performance in those units he was promoted to Brigadier General. Yeager’s pilot career spans more than 60 years and has taken him to all corners of the world, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.
Yeager’s popularity soared in the 1980s, highlighted by his prominent figure in Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff and in his adaptation in the movie Elegidos para la Gloria (1983), in which he was played by Sam Shepard.
Chuck Yeager Net Worth – $1.5 Million
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