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Chuck Yeager

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General Chuck Yeager

General Chuck Yeager, test pilot, war hero and the first man to break the sound barrier. Tom Wolfe called Yeager the "the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff." Yeager's autobiography is Yeager. This interview first aired September 13, 1988.


Test Pilot General Chuck Yeager.

Yeager broke the sound barrier flying the X-1 jet plane. The accomplishment not only helped revolutionize aviation; it put him in the public eye. He later appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and television commercials. His newly-published second memoir is called Press On!.

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