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Here's a look at the life of ...

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 1:01 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2018 1:01 PM

Here's a look at the life of Chuck Yeager, the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Personal: Birth date: February 13, 1923

Birth place: Myra, West Virginia (grew up in Hamlin)

Birth name: Charles Elwood Yeager

Father: Albert Hal Yeager, a coal miner and gas driller

Mother: Susie Mae (Sizemore) Yeager

Marriages: Victoria Scott D'Angelo (August 2003-present); Glennis Faye Dickhouse (February 26, 1945-December 22, 1990, her death)

Children: with Glennis Dickhouse: Donald, Michael, Sharon, Susan

Military Service: US Air Force, 1941-1975, Brigadier General (Retired)

Other Facts: The first supersonic pilot , who has flown more than 200 different types of military aircraft.

Trained many of the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo astronauts at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School.

During World War II, Yeager shot down over a dozen German planes. He is credited twice with shooting down more than four planes in one day: October 12 and November 27, 1944.

Flew combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Created a foundation which helps finance youth pilot programs and college scholarships.

Lawsuits between Yeager's children and himself and his second wife over money have fractured the family. His youngest child, Susan, was ordered to repay close to $1 million in misappropriated funds under her control as his financial manager from 1990 through 2003.

Timeline: September 12, 1941 - Enlists in the Army Air Corps and undergoes training as a flight mechanic.

March 10, 1943 - Appointment as flight officer after receiving wings. His unit is sent to England in November.

March 5, 1944 - At age 21, Yeager is shot down over German-occupied France on his 9th mission. He is wounded and then rescued by the French Resistance. After being smuggled into Spain and briefly imprisoned, he makes his way back to England.

October 12, 1944 - Shoots down five German fighter planes in succession.

November 27, 1944 - Shoots down four German fighter planes.

1946-1956 - Air Force flight school instructor and research test pilot.

October 14, 1947 - Flies the "Glamorous Glennis," a Bell X-1 rocket plane named after his wife, to break the sound barrier, at Mach 1.06, over the Mojave Desert.

October 10, 1948 - Flies a F-80 airplane over the Kanawha River in West Virginia during a boat regatta. Violating Air Force and FAA regulations, he flies under the South Side Bridge, does a roll and heads on to California.

December 12, 1953 - Sets a speed record of Mach 2.4, 1,650 mph. The record stands for three years.

July 1962-1966 - Commandant of the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School, supervises pilot training for military personnel of the space program.

December 10, 1963 - Ejects from a Lockheed Starfighter NF-104 experimental plane and sets a new record as the first pilot to eject in full compression gear under emergency conditions. His suit catches fire from the plane's debris during descent requiring extensive skin grafts for burns.

August 1969 - Promoted to brigadier general.

June 1973 - Becomes director of the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, California.

March 1, 1975 - Retires from the Air Force, continues to consult as a test pilot.

December 23, 1975 - Congress awards Yeager a special Silver Medal for bravery when breaking the sound barrier. The White House ceremony takes place a year later with President Ford.

October 21, 1983 - "The Right Stuff" premieres, with Sam Shepard playing the role of Yeager; breaking the sound barrier is the movie's opening scene.

1985 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.

October 14, 1997 - Commemorates the 50th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier by doing it again in an F-15 fighter. This is his last flight as an Air Force consultant.

October 26, 2002 - Flies another "Glamorous Glennis," an F-15 Eagle, to break the sound barrier at Mach 1.45. This is to be his final sound barrier flight.

April 2003 - Yeager's children file a lawsuit in California's Nevada County Superior Court over the handling of his revocable living trust. Yeager and his daughter, Susan, are co-trustees.

March 30, 2006 - The referee judge rules in Chuck Yeager's favor against his children's lawsuit.

November 2007 - Sues AT&T, claiming Cingular Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, had used his name in a press release without his permission.

August 22, 2008 - Yeager's children lose the appeal in California Appellate Court of the March 30, 2006 verdict.

December 2009 - Files a civil lawsuit against Virgin America Inc. for using his name in their advertising without his permission. The airline sent an email to frequent flyers mentioning Yeager and Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin does not join in the litigation. Virgin America and Yeager reach an initial settlement in July 2011, and the settlement is enforced in 2012.

April 2010 - Speaks publicly for the first time about the October 10, 1948, Charleston South Side Bridge incident. Doing 500 mph, he flew under the bridge because he knew he had enough room to clear it.

June 8, 2012 - Wins the lawsuit against AT&T and is awarded $135,000.

October 14, 2012 - On the 65th anniversary of Yeager's flight to break the sound barrier, he rides along in a F-15 over the Mojave Desert, in a re-creation of his historic flight. Capt. David Vincent, based at Nellis AFB, pilots the F-15.

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