Vintage West Virginia: Yeager visits father, son

Capt. Chuck Yeager of Hamlin poses with his father, Hal Yeager, just before the young man took off from Kanawha Airport in his P-80 jet plane, heading back to California after a weekend visit with his parents and small son. Capt. Yeager, at the time the only living man who had repeatedly flown faster than sound, gave Charleston a thrill when he took off and “buzzed” the city and the boat races during the afternoon. “Buzzed” is hardly the word; “roared” would be more appropriate for the jet plane noise. The daring flyer crossed the continent from Monroe Air Base, California, in little more than four hours, just to visit his parents in the Lincoln County town. Oct. 11, 1948.

Vintage West Virginia: Yeager visits father, son