The Legend Chuck Yeager

Essay by cougar6820College, UndergraduateA-, July 2009

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Chuck Yeager always inspired me because of his attitude, confidence, skills, knowledge and determination. He served his country, was a test-pilot and on top of that was the first person to break the sound barrier. He was very laid back, although he had done so many demanding and dangerous things in his life. He could give everybody in aviation a good lesson of how to be an outstanding pilot. In my eyes, he is one of the best that the Air Force ever had, and he will always be in my memory when I'm soaring up in the sky.

Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was born in 1923 in the backwoods town of Hamlin on the Mud River, West Virginia. After graduating from high school in 1941, he joined the United States Air Force to become a fighter pilot. In 1943, Chuck was shot down over Nazi territory, France, but escaped back to England over neutral Spain.

After this incidence, he returned back to the war during the Normandy invasion, although his wife totally disagreed with his decision. During his missions, he flew the P-51 Mustang and claimed thirteen and a half kills, five of them in only one day. The Messerschnitt Me 262 jet fighter was among one of his victims. Chuck dived down, until he caught up to the Messerschnitt, which was in landing configuration about to land, and shot it down with no hesitation. After the war, Chuck decided to become a test pilot at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. This decision made him famous in later days.

In 1939 and 1940, Charles Yeager attended the Citizens Military Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison and on September 12, 1941, enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. In July 1942, he got accepted for pilot training under...