“No one knew until then whether a plane breaking the sound barrier—about 760 miles an hour—would be torn apart by shock waves.”


Chuck Yeager was born in West Virginia in 1923, was shooting and skinning squirrels and rabbits for family dinners by the time he was six, flying fighter planes in WWII by the time he was twenty, flew 127 missions during the Vietnam War, retired as a highly decorated brigadier general in 1975, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But what made Chuck Yeager famous was something he did between wars, as a test pilot.


  • Narrator: Chris Flannery
  • Audio Producer: Derek Wood
  • Music Supervisor: Blake Huxell