October 17, 2021
Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born February 13, 1923 in Myra, West Virginia, died December 7, 2020) was a U.S. general and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force. On March 5, 1944, just one day after receiving his first confirmed downed plane over Berlin, Yeager himself was shot down over France. Over the next two months, Yeager provided assistance to agents of the French resistance movement, who in turn helped Yeger and other pilots to cross the Pyrenees to Spain. Yeager was later awarded a Bronze Star Medal for helping another injured pilot escape across the mountains.  Yeager was the first to fly faster than sound. On October 14, 1947, he broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 aircraft and reached a speed of Mach 1.06. He has been awarded the President's Medal of Freedom. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973. In the movie The Seven Chosen Ones (1983), he was portrayed by Sam Shepard. Yeager lived in Northern California and died on the afternoon of December 7, 2020, at the age of 97, at a hospital in Los Angeles.