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Chuck Yeager From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chuck Yeager From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

June 22, 2016 MY FAVORITE HERO 0by 

Chuck Yeager

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brigadier General
Chuck Yeager
Birth nameCharles Elwood Yeager
BornFebruary 13, 1923 (age 93)
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces United States Air Force
Years of service1941–75 (34 years)
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War IICold WarVietnam War
AwardsSee below
Spouse(s)Glennis Dickhouse (1945–90; her death) (4 children)
Victoria Scott D’Angelo (2003–present)
RelationsSteve Yeager (nephew)
Other workFlight 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.



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