Members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation have requested the U.S. Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, to issue a commemorative stamp honoring the late Chuck Yeager.
Yeager, a renowned pilot and West Virginia native, passed away three years ago on Thursday. According to the eligibility criteria for a stamp, it can only be issued three years after the person’s death. The letter to the Postmaster General was signed by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Representatives Alex Mooney and Carol Miller, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa.
The letter describes Yeager as an “American hero and a legendary figure in the history of aviation” and emphasizes that his historic achievements in service to the nation deserve celebration and recognition through a commemorative stamp. It highlights Yeager’s remarkable career, which involved fighting for the country in two wars, accumulating over 10,131.6 flight hours in 361 different types of military aircraft, and serving as the first commander of the Aerospace Research Pilot School, where he mentored a new generation of aviators.