His website: http://www.chuckyeager.org/
Chuck Yeager is the first pilot to travel faster than the speed of sound in level flight and ascent.
Charles Elwood Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.
Yeager’s career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving as an aircraft mechanic, in September 1942 he entered enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer), later achieving most of his aerial victories as a P-51 fighter pilot.
After the war, Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. As the first human to officially break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 and an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 m), for which he won both the Collier and Mackay trophies in 1948. He then went on to break several other speed and altitude records.
Yeager later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany, as well as in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units, he was promoted to brigadier general in 1969. Yeager’s three-war active-duty flying career spans more than 30 years and has taken him to many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.
Archived Articles on Chuck Yeager:
Dedication of Kanawha Airport
Charleston Daily Mail
August 27, 1985
Airport To Be Named Solely After Yeager
By Brian Farkas
Of The Daily Mail Staff
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Chuck Yeager said he would be honored to have his last name used as the official designation for Kanawha Airport.
“The commission names the airport, and what ever they name it, I’ll be honored,” the Hamlin native said this morning from his California home.
Last month the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority voted to rename the mountaintop facility Kanawha-Yeager Airport. But yesterday members unanimously voted to give Yeager sole billing, said airport director Jeff Bubar.
Bubar said dedication ceremonies should be held at the airport on Oct. 14, the 38th anniversary of Yeager’s breaking the sound barrier in an experimental rocket plane.
Authority Chairman Joe Ballengee said members considered dropping “Kanawha” because of public response in favor of honoring the retired Air Force general.
“I think there was an overwhelming public response in a positive manner, and each of them (authority members) thought we should name the airport after Gen. Yeager and not share the name with Kanawha,” Ballengee said.
Lysander Dudley, state director of economic development, has agreed to serve as chairman of arrangements for the dedication, Ballengee said.
The general said he expects to attend the dedication ceremony for Yeager Airport after a dedication ceremony that morning in Hamlin.
“I spent a lot of time at the Hamlin Vocational School when I was younger, and they are going to rename it after me,” Yeager said.
Yeager was informed of the decision last night by Charleston lawyer Paul Bowles, who served as Yeager’s wing- man during World War II, Ballengee said.
To reflect the change in the name, Ballengee said perhaps a small statue bust of Yeager to display in the airport might be appropriate. But he added, there are no plans for a bust now.
Another possibility would be to hang a portrait of Yeager in a prominent place in the passenger terminal.
“We had a magnificent picture of Gen. Yeager after he broke the sound barrier,” Ballengee said. “It hung outside the outer office. It belonged to the general, and he asked for it back about five years ago.
“I intend to ask for it back,” he said.
Photos of Chuck Yeager:
Video on Chuck Yeager / Interviews and Flights:
Reading Resources via http://www.chuckyeager.org/
Hallion, Richard P. Designers and Test Pilots. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1983.
Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond. Washington, D.C.: Brassey’s , 1997.
Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.
Janos, Leo and Chuck Yeager. Yeager: An Autobiography. New York: Bantam Books, 1985.
Lundgren, William R. Across the High Frontier: The Story of A Test Pilot–Major Charles E. Yeager, USAF. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc. 1955.
Rotundo, Louis c. Into the Unknown: The X-1 Story. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.
Yeager, Chuck and Leerhsen, Charles. Press On: Further Adventures in the Good Life. New York, Bantam Books, 1988.
Yeager, Chuck, et al. The Quest for Mach One: A First Person Account of Breaking the Sound Barrier. New York: Penguin Studio, 1997.
Young, James O. Meeting the Challenge of Supersonic Flight. Edwards Air Force Base, Cal.: Air Force Flight Test Center History Office, 1997.
“Brigadier General Chuck Yeager: Official Biography,” Edwards Air Force Base, http://www.edwards.af.mil/history/docs_html/people/yeager_biography.html
“Chuck Yeager,” on the Ace Pilots website. http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_yeager.html
“Chuck Yeager,” http://www.chuckyeager.org
“Chuck Yeager,” http://www.members.tripod.com/derekhorne/main.html
“Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1.” http://www.Nationalgeographic.com/sound/banner.html
“General Chuck Yeager Interview,” Achievement Organization. http://www.Achievement.org/autodoc/page/yea0int-1
“The Planes that Yeager Flew,” Edward Air Force Base. http://www.edwards.af.mil/gallery/yeager/docs_html
“X-1 Biographies–Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager,” NASA History Office. http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/x1/chuck.html
WV Archives Newspaper Vertical Clipping File:
“50 Years of Having the Right Stuff,” Wheeling News-Register, 10-15-1997.
“Astronauts No.2 in Yeager’s Town,” Charleston Gazette, 10-15-1973.
“Beyond the Speed of Sound:Yeager Takes Aviation into New Era,” American History, 9-1997.
“Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager, Test Pilot, Time, 4-18-1949.
“Ceremonies Set Today as Yeager Bails Out,” Huntington Advertiser, 2-28-1975.
“Charles Yeager,” Current Biography, 1954.
“Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier-Again, Charleston Daily Mail, 10-16-1982.
“Chuck Yeager,” Huntington Advertiser, 12-18-1973.
“Chuck Yeager Chapter of AFA Being Formed,” Lincoln Journal, 3-6-1974.
“Chuck Yeager,” Charleston Gazette, 12-18-1983.
“Chuck Yeager Tells Own Story in Playboy.”
“Chuck Yeager, Herald Dispatch, 12-25-1983.
“Chuck Yeager’s Wife Glennis Dies of Cancer, Charleston Gazette, 11-3-1991.
“Chuck Yeager an American Original,” Modern Maturity, October-November 1983.
“Colonel Charles Elwood Yeager, USAF,” n.d.
“Cowboy Chuck, Mom Recalls Yeager Childhood,” Charleston Daily Mail, 2-26- 1980.
“Daredevil plans to ‘go out on top,'” Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail, 10-12-1997.
“Ex-Pilot Doesn’t Miss the Excitement,” Charleston Gazette, 10-26-1979.
“Explorer Post 376 Sells American Flags, Yeager Monument,” St. Albans Advertiser, 4- 2-1970.
“Flight Pioneer Primed for Repeat Performance,” Charleston Gazette, 5-28-1996.
“Forty Years Later, Yeager Still Having Fun With Jets,” Register Herald, n.d.
“General Yeager Meets Again Woman Who Aided in Europe,” News Sentinel, 4-15- 1970.
“Here Comes This Airplane…” Charleston Daily Mail, 10-14-1985.
“He’ll Train Space Lab Astronauts,” Wheeling News Register, 12-27-1964.
“Hotline Article, Yeager Flying Under South Side Bridge,” Charleston Daily Mail, 9-25- 1967.
“Lighting Bolt Ride Paved Way to Moon,” Charleston Daily Mail, 12-13-1978.
“List of Awards,” n.d.
“Once Airsick, Chuck Yeager Will Teach The Astronauts,” Herald Advertiser, 12-27- 1964.
“Photograph of Charles Yeager,” n.d.
“Pilot Yeager Speaks at Marshall, Recalls Breaking Sound Barrier,” Charleston Gazette
“Presentation Special Congressional Silver Medal Brigadier General Charles Yeager”12-8- 1976.
“President Will Give Gen. Charles Yeager a Medal of Honor,” 1985.
“Reflections on History,” Dominion Post, 10-13-1997.
“Right Stuff, Right Stamp,” Charleston Gazette, 10-15-1977.
“Shuttle Sets Sky Ablaze in Early Morning Liftoff,” Charleston Daily Mail, 8-30-1983.
“Speeding Through the Wild Blue Yonder IC Interview with Chuck Yeager, 10-9-1997.
“Statue Dedicated Where Yeager ‘spent so many wicked days,'” Charleston Gazette, 10-15- 1987.
“Test Pilot Yeager & 11 Others Honored With Medal of Freedom,” Herald Dispatch, 5-24- 1985.
“The Barrier Buster,” Charleston Gazette, 10-21-1962.
“The Right Stuff, Chuck Yeager Was a Hero, Tom Wolfe Tells the World,” Advertiser, 7-26- 1979.
“U.S. Airpower in 50th Year,” Life, 11-12-1957.
“Why I Get Sky-High Over America,” Family Weekly, 7-7-1985.
“Yeager Has Anniversary,” Charleston Daily Mail, 10-21-1976.
“Yeager Gets Medal in Honor of Flight,” Charleston Gazette, 12-9-1976.
“Yeager Memorabilia,” Herald Dispatch, 6-12-1987.
“Yeager to Receive Sole Billing,” n.d.
“Yeager Retirement Ceremony Set,” Advertiser, 1-17-1975.
“Yeager Souvenir Issue, Charleston Daily Mail, 10-14-1985.
“Yeager Still Flying ‘To Keep in Touch,'” Wheeling News Register, 10-10-1994.
“Yeager Flew Jet Under City Bridges, “48 Film Shows,” Charleston Gazette, 10-23-1997.
“Yeager Still Busy Making Good Time,” Charleston Gazette, 5-24-1985.
“Yeager Comes Home to be Honored,” Lincoln Journal, 10-16-1985.
“Yeager Flying Through life With the Right Stuff,” Herald Dispatch, 10-2-1983.
“Yeager Plans to Repeat His Historic Flight,” Dominion Post, 5-28-1996.
“Yeager Statue at Hamlin High in 1987,” Lincoln Journal, 11-19-1986.
“Yeager Speaks to Students, General Meets Namesake Scholars”, Herald Dispatch, 10-8- 1994.
“Yeager Made His Historic Flight 23 Years Ago Today,” Weekly News Sentinel, 10-14- 1970.
“Yeager Gives Memorabilia, Papers to M.U.,” Charleston Gazette, 3-19-1987.
“Yeagers’ Donated Stuff Valued at $535,000,” Charleston Gazette, 6-8-1987.
“Yeager’s Air Force Leaves Lasting Monuments,” Huntington Advertiser, 3-6-1975.
“Yeager’s Sonic Flight Rated Over Wrights,” Charleston Gazette, 7-13-1967.