Chuck Yeager Fast Facts

Ecco uno sguardo alla vita di Chuck Yeager, the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.


Data di nascita: febbraio 13, 1923
Luogo di nascita: Myra, Virginia dell'ovest (grew up in Hamlin)
    Nome di nascita: Charles Elwood Yeager
    Padre: Albert Hal Yeager, a coal miner and gas driller
    Madre: Susie Mae (Sizemore) Yeager
    Matrimoni: Victoria Scott D’Angelo (August 2003-present); Glennis Faye Dickhouse (febbraio 26, 1945-dicembre 22, 1990, her death)
    Bambini: with Glennis Dickhouse: Donald, Michael, Sharon, Susan
    Servizio militare: US Air Force, 1941-1975, Brigadier General

    Altri fatti

    The first supersonic pilot, who has flown more than 200 different types of military aircrafts.
    Trained many of the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo astronauts at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School.
    During seconda guerra mondiale, Yeager shot down over a dozen German planes. He is credited twice with shooting down more than four planes in one day: ottobre 12 e novembre 27, 1944.
    Flew combat missions in the coreano e 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 attraverso 2003.

    Sequenza temporale

    settembre 12, 1941 – Enlists in the Army Air Corps and undergoes training as a flight mechanic.
    marzo 10, 1943Appointment as flight officer after receiving wings. His unit is sent to England in November.
    marzo 5, 1944 – All'età 21, Yeager is shot down over German-occupied France on his ninth 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.
    1946-1956 – Air Force flight school instructor and research test pilot.
    ottobre 14, 1947 – Flies theGlamorous Glennis,” a Bell X-1 rocket plane named after his wife, to break the sound barrier, at Mach 1.06, over the Mojave Desert.
    ottobre 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.
    dicembre 12, 1953 – Sets a speed record of Mach 2.4, 1,650 mph. The record stands for three years.
    luglio 1962-1966 – Commandant of the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School, supervises pilot training for military personnel of the space program.
    dicembre 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.
    agosto 1969 – Promoted to brigadier general.
    giugno 1973Becomes director of the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, California.
    marzo 1, 1975Retires from the Air Force, continues to consult as a test pilot.
    dicembre 23, 1975 – Congress awards Yeager a special Silver Medal for bravery for breaking the sound barrier. The White House ceremony takes place a year later with President Gerald Ford.
    ottobre 21, 1983 –The Right Stuffpremieres, 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.
    ottobre 26, 2002 – Flies anotherGlamorous Glennis,” an F-15 Eagle, to break the sound barrier at Mach 1.45.
    aprile 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.
    marzo 30, 2006 – The referee judge rules in Yeager’s favor against his children’s lawsuit.
    novembre 2007 – Sues AT&T, claiming Cingular Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, had used his name in a press release without his permission. Wins the lawsuit June 8, 2012, and is awarded $ 135,000 in danni.
    agosto 22, 2008Yeager’s children lose the appeal in California Appellate Court of the March 30, 2006 verdict.
    dicembre 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.
    aprile 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.
    ottobre 14, 2012 – On the 65esimo anniversario 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. Cap. David Vincent, based at Nellis AFB, pilots the F-15.
      settembre 12, 2018 – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company files a lawsuit against Yeager, his wife and their organizations after the company references Yeager in a 2017 trade journal article. The Yeagers say the company violated his rights. L'azienda, which later removed Yeager’s name from the article, seeks a declaration that it did not violate privacy laws.
      settembre 18, 2019 – Sues aerospace company Airbus SE in federal court for trademark infringement and for using his name, likeness and identity without permission in its advertisements.




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