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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager

What do you know about Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager?  Try this US World War II History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and a noted test pilot. 
What state is he born and grew up in?Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager

  1. California

  2. New York

  3. West Virginia

2) On September 1941, Yeager enlists in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Initially, what is he trained in the Air Force?

  1. cook

  2. pilot

  3. aircraft mechanic

3) He gets his wings and a promotion to Flight Officer at Luke Field, Arizona, on March 10, 1943.

  • True or False?

4) Stationed in the United Kingdom at RAF Leiston, Yeager flies in combat (he named his aircraft Glamorous Glen after his girlfriend, Glennis Faye Dickhouse, who becomes his wife in February 1945) with the 363rd Fighter Squadron.
What is the aircraft he flew in Europe?

  1. P-39 - Airacobras

  2. P-47 - Thunderbolt

  3. P 51 - Mustang

5) He has gained one victory before he is shot down over France on his eighth mission, on March 5, 1944.  He escapes to Spain on March 30 with the help of the Maquis (French Resistance) and returns to England on May 15, 1944.  In the escape over the Pyrenees he helps another airman to escape, who has lost part of his leg. 
What award does Yeager receive?

  1. Medal of Honor

  2. Silver Star

  3. Bronze Star

6) Upon returning to England, Yeager is sent quickly to combat duty.

  • True or False?

7) Yeager ends his combat duty as an ace. 
How many aircraft is he officially credited in shooting down?

  1. 5.5 aircraft

  2. 11.5 aircraft

  3. 22.5 aircraft

8) Yeager remains in the Air Force after the war, becoming a test pilot at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base) and eventually being selected to fly the rocket-powered Bell X-1 in a NACA program to research high-speed flight, after Bell Aircraft test pilot "Slick" Goodlin demands $150,000 to break the sound "barrier." 
What is the date he broke the sound barrier?

  1. October 14, 1947

  2. July 4, 1947

  3. February 6, 1947

9) What is the highest rank Yeager has in the U.S. Air Force?

  1. Captain

  2. Colonel

  3. Brig. General

10) His home state honors Yeager with a marker along Corridor G (part of U.S. 119) in his home Lincoln County on October 19, 2006, as well as renamed part of the highway the Glamorous Glen Highway.

  • True or False?


Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager [Answers]

1) C. 2) C. 3) True 4) C. 5) C. 6) False. He is an escaped pilot and is forbidden to fly over Europe to protect the Maquis.  With the invasion of Europe, General Eisenhower allows Yeager to fly combat missions over Europe. 7) B. 8) A. 9) C. 10) False.  It is the Yeager Highway.

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