Chuck Yeager From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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|Birth name||Charles Elwood Yeager|
|Born||February 13, 1923 (age 93)|
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Forces United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1941–75 (34 years)|
|Battles/wars||World War IICold WarVietnam War|
|Spouse(s)||Glennis Dickhouse (1945–90; her death) (4 children)|
Victoria Scott D’Angelo (2003–present)
|Relations||Steve Yeager (nephew)|
|Other work||Flight instructor|
Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager (/ˈjeɪɡər/; born February 13, 1923) is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded thespeed of sound in level flight.
Yeager’s career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving as an aircraft mechanic, in September 1942 he entered enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer) and became a P-51 fighter pilot.
After the war, Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. As the first human to officially break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimentalBell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m). Although Scott Crossfield was the first to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter set a new record of Mach 2.44.
Yeager later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany, and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and in recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units he was promoted to brigadier general. Yeager’s flying career spans more than 60 years and has taken him to every corner of the globe, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.
- 1Early life
- 3Awards and decorations
- 4Personal life
- 5See also