Chuck Yeager, wartime fighter pilot and the first aviator to break the sound barrier, died in December 2020. Kathleen Hanser explores his fascinating career
Charles E ‘Chuck’ Yeager will always be remembered as the first man to exceed Mach 1 – and as one of the pilots immortalised for having the ‘right stuff’. In fact, according to author Tom Wolfe who coined the phrase, Yeager was “the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff”.
Yeager was born on February 13, 1923, in West Virginia and grew up in Hamlin, a tiny town in one of the poorest areas of the US state.