Chuck Yeager

Flying faster than the speed of sound!

The many accomplishments

Chuck Yeager (1923-) broke the sound barrier flying in the air on October 14th, 1947. The speed of sound is 660 mph above 45,000 feet. He had been a test pilot for a plane designed to breath the sound barrier. Planes shake violently as they catch up to their own shock waves. This was a very important discovery. After breaking the speed of sound, Chuck went to be a P-51 fighter pilot in World War II. Later, he worked at Wright field, a base for testing new planes. Even after all of the accomplishments Chuck completed, he still led the first aero-space school for pilots and was the first American to fly a Soviet Mig-15. Overall, Chuck Yeager played a very important role in the U.S. history.

Background

Charles "Chuck" Elwood Yeager was born on February 13th, 1923 in Myra, West Virginia to the parents of Albert and Susie Yeager. As a child he was a very curious kid, exploring the woods, climbing trees, and listening to his grandfather about how to work jobs such as fishing. After a while, the Yeager family moved to Hamlin, a place not so far from Myra.

Throughout his life, Chuck was anxious to learn. This helped him lead to the important discoveries he accomplishment later on in life.