Aviator and test pilot Chuck Yeager was born on February 13, 1923, in Myra, West Virginia.
During WWII, Yeager was a P-51 fighter pilot. He was shot down over France, evaded capture and escaped to Spain. He could have gone home, but he put in a request to return to combat, a request that went all the way up to General Eisenhower. The request granted, Yeager went back into action, and in a single day he was credited with downing five German planes.