Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
1923- Born in Myra, W.Va.
-Was the first human to travel faster than the speed of sound. After enlisting in the army, Yeager was assigned to the Army Air Corps.
-He was commissioned an air-force fighter pilot, stationed in England.
-He flew 64 missions and shot down 13 German aircraft.
-A flight instructor and test pilot after World War II
-He began to fly the experimental X-1,in which, on October 14, at an altitude of 120,000 m (40,000 ft), he broke the sound barrier (1,066 km/h; 662 mph).
1st human to fly faster than speed of sound 1947, in Bell X-1 aircraft
-He set another world speed record 2,660 km/h (1,650 mph) in an X-1A rocket plane.
-He retired as a brigadier general.
-He published his own autobiography.