Brigadier General Chuck Yeager visited us at the National Archives in College Park, MD, this morning.
Yeager joined the Air Force in as an 18-year-old and flew fighter planes in World War II. He was shot down over occupied France and escaped back to England. You can read his account in his escape and evasion file.
After the war, he flew experimental aircraft. On October 14, 1947, Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m).
But this morning, Yeager stayed safely on the ground in our Research Room where he was filmed looking at some of his official aviation records for an upcoming documentary.