(born May 18, 1952 in
Fort Worth, Texas
) is an
, most famous for flying with
on a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the
aircraft from December 14 to December 23, 1986. The flight took 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds and covered 24,986 miles (40,211 km), more than doubling the old distance record. She received the US annual
for outstanding international achievements in the aeronautics, and is the first woman recipient of the
for "the greatest achievement in aeronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety" of aircraft.
Despite her surname, Jeana Yeager is not related to
Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the
sound barrier in level flight.