Born: Feb 13, 1923 (age 94) · Myra, WV
Net worth: $1.50 million USD (2016)
Spouse: Victoria Scott D’Angelo (m. 2003) · Glennis Yeager (m. 1945 – 1990)
Children: Michael Yeager (Son) · Don Yeager (Son) · Susan Yeager (Daughter) · Sharon Yeager Flick (Daughter)
Education: Air War College
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1985) · Purple Heart · Distinguished Flying Cross · Silver Star · Legion of Merit · Bronze Star Medal · Air Force Distinguished Service Medal · Congressional Silver MedalHighlights
- 1942: 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) and became a P-51 fighter pilot.
- 1945: On February 26, 1945, Yeager married Glennis Dickhouse, and the couple had four children.
- 1947: In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.
- 1947: As the first human to officially break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m).
- 1953: The Ridley/Yeager USAF team achieved Mach 2.44 on December 12, 1953.
- 1997: On October 14, 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight past Mach 1, he flew a new Glamorous Glennis III, an F-15D Eagle, past Mach 1.
Brigadier General Charles Elwood Yeager
Start date: Oct 16, 1962
End date: Oct 28, 1962
Map created by American intelligence showing Surface-to-Air Missile activity in Cuba, 5 September 1962