He was a farm boy from Hamlin, West Virginia. Chuck Yeager join the Army at the outset of World War II, Have it wasn’t long before he became a fighter pilot.
Two years after the war ended, in 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier.
He rose through the ranks to become a general, before retiring.
By the time I met him in the fall of 1988, Yeager was still finding new adventures. He and his longtime friend Bud Anderson co-wrote a book about their adventures hiking in the High Sierras.
So here now, from 1988, Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson:
Chuck Yeager died last December. He was 97,