Who is Chuck Yeager? Chuck Yeager Bio/Wiki
Charles Elwood Yeager was an officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot of the United States Air Force. He was born on February 13, 1923, in Myra, West Virginia.
He became the first pilot in history in 1947 to be confirmed to have achieved sound velocity in level flight. He died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 97 on the evening of December 7, 2020.
He was 97 years old.
In 1941, Yeager’s career started as a private in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. He entered enlisted pilot training in September 1942 after working as an aircraft mechanic and was promoted to the rank of flight officer upon graduation (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer), later earning most of his aerial victories as a P-51 fighter pilot on the Western Front where 11.5 enemy aircraft were credited.
Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft after the war, including rocket-powered experimental aircraft. As the first person to formally crack the sound barrier.
On October 14, 1947, at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 m), he flew the groundbreaking Bell X-1 at Mach 1, for which he received both the Collier and Mackay trophies in 1948. He then went on to set many other records for speed and altitude.
During the Vietnam War, Yeager later led fighter squadrons and wings in Germany, as well as in Southeast Asia. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1969 in appreciation of the excellent performance ratings of those units, retiring on March 1, 1975.
Yeager’s active-duty flying career in three wars spanned more than 30 years and brought him to many parts of the world, including at the height of the Cold War, to the Soviet Union.
Yeager met the actress Victoria Scott D’Angelo on a Nevada County hiking trail in 2000. Shortly thereafter, the pair began dating and married in August 2003. A bitter conflict erupted between Yeager, his children, and D’Angelo after the beginning of their relationship.
The children claimed that D’Angelo, Yeager’s junior for 35 years, had married him for his fortune. Both Yeager and D’Angelo denied the charge. Litigation ensued, in which D’Angelo was accused by his children of “undue influence” on Yeager, and Yeager accused his children of diverting from his properties millions of dollars.
The California Court of Appeal ruled for Yeager in August 2008, finding that his daughter Susan had neglected her position as trustee.
Aviation legend Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on Monday evening.
One of the most extraordinary American lives ever lived ended today.
— Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (@WingDynasty) December 8, 2020
[ R.I.P. Charles “Chuck” Yeager ] pic.twitter.com/UnnfAQm8ey
— aMotorcycleWithTeeth (@_MechMonster) December 8, 2020
World War II ace. Aviation pioneer. A giant within the Air Force.
Join us in celebrating the extraordinary life and mourning the loss of Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager. May he rest in peace and his legacy live on forever. pic.twitter.com/gJ0113M5ge
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) December 8, 2020
Iconic Test Pilot General Chuck Yeager has slipped the surly bonds of earth. A WWII fighter ace and the first human to break the sound barrier.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 8, 2020
We mourn the passing and celebrate the life and legacy of a pilot who truly had the right stuff, General Chuck Yeager. In 1947, Yeager broke the sound barrier and proved that we can always keep pushing further and faster. pic.twitter.com/pnPMUzMsv4
— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) December 8, 2020