reposted from 1 year ago today:
10/14/1947, West Virginia native General Chuck Yeager became the fisrt person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Chuck Yeager is unquestionably the most famous test pilot of all time. He won a permanent place in the history of aviation as the first pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound, but that is only one of the remarkable feats this pilot performed in service to his country. All from a humble beginning in Myra, WV, about 40 miles SW of my home town.