Chuck Yeager

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Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager
Full name Charles Elwood Yeager
Nickname(s) “Chuck”
Birthday/Birthplace (1923-02-13) February 13, 1923
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service 1941–1975
Rank Brigadier general

World War II
Cold War

  • Vietnam War
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
Purple Heart
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
Official Website

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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