Brigadier General Chuck Yeager went down in history, on October 14, 1947, as the first man to officially break the sound barrier in level flight.
These short video clips are of that occasion and are from various government and military archives. Our previous post was about Edwards Air Force Base in California, which is where Yeager accomplished this historic feat.
The first film below is 5:40 long. Each Video below has sound, so make sure your sound is turned up, and you might also like to watch the video in full screen mode.
USAF BIOGRAPHY: Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier – 6:49 Long from the “Footage Farm.”
And, this following is a clip from the dramatization of the event taken from the segment devoted to the record making flight in the hit 1983 movie, “The Right Stuff,” about the selection and training of our first American Astronauts. You will see Yeager’s wife, Glennis, waiting and watching his flight by their car, and his pilot buddies, including Pancho Barnes, owner of their favorite watering hole, The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Barnes was, herself, a famous female stunt pilot. This excerpt is 3:53 long.
General Chuck Yeager Spars with Jim Clash on the Forbes.com show, “Adventurer;” 5:56 long:
The following video is 3:04 in length.
Thirteen years later, in 2003, the General married a former actress. Victoria Scott D’Angelo, (at left) 36 years his junior. The couple lives in Penn Valley, CA, where the General Chuck Yeager Foundation, which teaches children the ideals by which the famous test pilot lived, is located. The General is now almost 96 years old.