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Chuck Yeager
Genre: Biography
By encyclo
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Charles E. Yeager was born on February 14, 1923 in Myra, West Virginia. Chuck Yeager was first to brake the sound barrier. He flew faster than sound. Chuck was fifteen years old when he saw an airplane for the first time. When a flying officer came to Hamlin to look for pilots, Chuck had just finished high school. To enlist you had to have either a college degree, or be a minimum age of twenty-one. Chuck was eighteen and had just finished high school but, he could fit into another category. There was a "flying sergeant" program. It required only a high school degree, which Chuck had. So in September, 1941, a few months before the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Chuck signed up in the "flying sergeant" program.

On his ninth combat mission, Chuck shot down two fighters, and then he was shot down. Landing in enemy territory, Chuck was found by a french couple, and was taken to their farmhouse. After that he made it back to friendly lines, and continued active duty. From then to 1945, Chuck racked up twelve more kills. He received the Silver Star for shooting down five Messersmits, and the Silver Star Cluster for shooting down four Focke-Wulfs in one mission. When the war was over, Chuck was a captain, who had shot down fourteen planes, and was a home town hero.

Chuck and his bride, Glennis, went to Muroc airfield. Glennis, who was expecting a child, moved to Ohio and Chuck stayed at Muroc. When the project to send a man past Mach 1, came to Muroc, Chuck was selected to be the pilot, and he accepted. The aircraft to take Chuck up would be the B-29 Super Fortress. On the test day the sky was clear. The X-1 was attached to the Super fortress' bomb bay by two clamps. The take-off was perfect. When they reached 25,000 feet the B-29 entered a one thousand foot dive. During that time Chuck had to climb into the X-1's cockpit. Chuck had broken two ribs in a horse riding accident two days earlier. He didn't tell anyone because the mission would be postponed. Chuck had trouble getting into the cockpit. After he got in, he was released, and he fired the rockets. Then, the buffeting began. After the buffeting stopped, he looked at the speedometer. He had reached Mach 1.04! When he landed, he was greeted by the ground crew. Chuck later broke Mach 2.5. Then came the Korean War. Chuck was a Lieutenant Colonel. Then came the Vietnam War he became a Brigadier General.

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Published: 2007-06-30 05:46:24

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