Happy Birthday General Chuck Yeager

We salute General Chuck Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020), a true American hero, on what would have been his 100th birthday. Among his many achievements, on October 14, 1947, while piloting the experimental Bell X-1, General Yeager became the first to fly faster than the speed of sound. That evening Yeager and his X-1 team celebrated this milestone in aviation with Pancho Barnes at her Happy Bottom Riding Club. Pancho Barnes and General Yeager were close friends.

Victoria Yeager, General Yeager’s widow, maintains a tribute website to her late husband, and information regarding the birthday celebrations are posted there. Please visit the General’s website for details: 


We also send our best wishes to Victoria Yeager, who took such great care of the General during their time together.

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Chuck and Victoria Yeager

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Dr. Louis F. D'Elia is the custodian of the Estate of Pancho Barnes and a Trustee of the Flight Test Museum Foundation at Edwards Air Force Base.