Yeager, Chuck

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Chuck Yeager
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Name
Yeager, Chuck Gender: M
Charles Elwood Yeager,
born on 13 February 1923
Place Myra, West Virginia, 38n13, 82w07
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°59' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_aqucol.18.gif



Biography

American test pilot, the first person to shatter the speed of sound when he flew the Bell X-1 rocket 670 mph in level flight 10/14/1947. He had been chosen over 125 senior pilots to fly the experimental X-1 aircraft being developed at Wright Field.

Chuck Yeager enlisted in the Army Air Corps just prior to World War II as a mechanic, where he was a quick study. He signed up for flight school in spite of getting airsick as a passenger. Quickly advancing to fighter planes, at 21, he shot down five enemy planes in one day. Yet his luck didn't hold and he was shot down over France. Fortunately, he evaded capture.

Post-war, he was assigned to Wright Field near his boyhood West Virginia home. His autobiography, "Press On," was published in 1985. He appears as the main character in Tom Wolfe's book, The Right Stuff, and as the epitome of that virtue he appeared in numerous commercial endorsements. His first wife Glennis died in December 1990 of ovarian cancer; together they had four children. In August 2003, the former astronaut married a 45-year-old woman, Victoria Scott D’Angelo, who is younger than his children. In early 2004 three of his four children are suing over money and over who really owns the couple’s $1.35 million ranch in Nevada. The children accuse D’Angelo of slander, of exerting undue influence over their father, and of alienating their father against them in order to acquire his estate for herself. The trial is set for May 2004. Yeager retorts, "It doesn't matter a crap what anybody thinks. I love her. I married her. She's my wife."

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Great Achievement 14 October 1947 (First passed speed of sound)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1985 (published his autobiography , "Yeager")
  • Death of Mate December 1990 (first wife Glennis died of ovarian cancer)
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  • Relationship : Marriage August 2003 (second marriage to Victoria Scott D'Angelo, 45)
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  • Crime : Law suit 2004 (three of his children sued over estate ownership)

Source Notes

LMR quotes media for date; time unknown

Chuck Yeager interview:

http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/yea0int-1

More on the first supersonic flight:

http://www.capstonestudio.com/supersonic/

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four kids with first wife)
  • Vocation : Travel : Aviation field
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Broke sound barrier)
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