Yeager had met Glennis before leaving the US for Europe. He had been tasked with organising a dance for his fellow flyers in a gym in Oroville, California, and dumped the task in the lap of a “very pretty brunette” he came across sitting in a small office next door to the gym. His chat-up line proved decisive.
“You expect me to whip up a dance and find thirty girls in three hours?” said the exasperated 18-year old girl.
“No, you’ll only need to find 29 because I want to take you.”
The line worked and they were a staunch couple through thick and thin until her death from cancer in 1990.