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Breaking the Sound Barrier
By Tammy Scarbrough
1 Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was born on February 12, 1923. He grew up in poverty in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. He was like a lot boys in that he was curious, loved to climb trees, hunt, and fish. He had a special relationship with his grandfather, who taught young Chuck many things about nature. He also loved to find out how machines worked and how to fix them when they broke. As a teenager, he was very talented at taking apart a car engine and reassembling it without much effort.
2 Chuck graduated from high school about six months before World War II began. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 18. He was soon selected to train as a pilot on the AT-11. After a year and a half of training, Yeager earned his pilot's wings in 1943. He was a great pilot, and many of his superiors looked at him to set the standard for other pilots. Chuck's friend, Col. Bud Anderson proclaimed, "Chuck became the yardstick by which we could measure all the rest as they joined us, several each month. Yeager could fly. Right from the start, he was pretty impressive."
3 Yeager entered combat in World War II in 1944. Astonishingly, he had 20/10 vision and was said to be able to "see forever." He had many victories in the European skies. When he was engaged in a "dog fight" in the air, he knew that he wanted to do that for the rest of his military career. He was promoted to captain while still in Europe. He got married in 1945 and returned to the United States.
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