I was just a lucky kid who caught the right rideChuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager was born on February 13, 1923, in Myra, West Virginia. He enlisted in World War II in 1941 as a private in the United States Army Air Forces (USAF) and started off as a mechanic. He later received his pilot wings and was promoted to flight officer in March 1943 and shipped overseas in November. During the War he was shot down once and scored 11.5 official victories, flying his 61st mission on January 15, 1945. On February 26, 1945 he married Glennis Dickhouse and they had four children, Glennis died in 1990.
After WWII he became a test pilot at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base). There he was chosen to break the sound barrier in the rocket-powered Bell XS-1 that he named Glamorous Glennis after his wife.
Sure, I was apprehensive. When you’re fooling around with something you don’t know much about, there has to be apprehension. But you don’t let that affect your jobChuck Yeager
Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying the X-1 at Mach 1.05 at an altitude of 45,000 feet over the Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. He would command fighter squadrons during the Vietnam War and be promoted to brigadier general in 1969, retiring in 1975.
Sam Sheard would portray Yeager in the movie “The Right Stuff”. Chuck Yeager died Monday, December 7, 2020, at the age of 97 years.
I’ve flown 341 types of military planes in every country in the world and logged about 18,000 hours. It might sound funny, but I’ve never owned an airplane in my life. If you’re willing to bleed, Uncle Sam will give you all the planes you want.Retired General Chuck Yeager