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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (/E?jeE?E?E?r/; 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 traveled faster than sound.
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 North American P-51 Mustang 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 break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell 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.
In the 1980s, he was prominently featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff and in its 1983 film adaptation.
Yeager was born to farming parents Susie Mae and Albert Hal Yeager in Myra, West Virginia, and graduated from high school in Hamlin, West Virginia. He had two brothers, Roy and Hal, Jr., and two sisters, Doris Ann (killed by Roy with a shotgun while still an infant) and Pansy Lee. His first experience with the military was as a teen at the Citizens Military Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana, during the summers of 1939 and 1940. On February 26, 1945, Yeager marrie

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Chuck Yeager dislikes the British

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of ...
Posted: October 16, 2016, 9:14 am

Chuck Yeager dismisses British as 'arrogant,' calls Charles Lindbergh and Edward Snowden traitors

Chuck Yeager is a legendary American hero. The 93-year-old retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general was a World War II ace whose exploits include shooting down five enemy fighters during a single mission. In 1947, he became the first man to break the sound ...
Posted: October 5, 2016, 10:00 am

Outrage as US war veteran describes Brits as 'nasty' and 'arrogant'

General Chuck Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier when he worked as a US test pilot and has recently taken to social media to chat to fans and admirers. But British followers have been left stunned by a series of anti-UK rants and the ...
Posted: October 11, 2016, 12:27 am
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