He was married to Glennis Dickhouse, they had four children.
He graduated from high school in Hamlin, West Virginia.
His parents were Susie Mae and Albert Hal Yeager.
He is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force.
In the Star Trek universe, two Federation starships called USS Yeager were named in his honor.
As of 2006 he lives in Grass Valley, California.
In 1960, Yeager was appointed director of the Space School at Edwards Air Force Base.
Yeager was one of the primary subjects of Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff, which was later made into a motion picture.
Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia, is named after him.
Yeager joined the army in 1939, serving as an aircraft mechanic.
He was the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
Chuck Yeager: Everybody that I've ever seen that enjoyed their job was very good at it.
Chuck Yeager: I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.
Yeager: (describing his 30 year Air Force career) I've had a ball.
Chuck Yeager: You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.
Chuck Yeager: You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up.
Chuck Yeager: There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
Chuck Yeager: Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own.
Chuck Yeager: Never wait for trouble.
Chuck Yeager: Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don't do, you don't believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.
Chuck Yeager: Later, I realized that the mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn't in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight.
Chuck Yeager: If you want to grow old as a pilot, you've got to know when to push it, and when to back off.