Chuck Yeager life and biography

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Chuck Yeager biography

Date of birth : 1923-02-13
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Myra, West Virginia
Nationality : American
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2011-06-16
Credited as : Aviator, major general U.S. Air Force, test pilot

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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. He was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring as a brigadier general, Yeager was promoted to major general on the Air Force's retired list 20 years later for his military achievements.

Chuck Yeager was the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound. A combat pilot in World War II, Yeager was shot down over France in 1943, but managed to escape without being captured. After the war he was put in charge of pilot training for experimental aircraft, and on October 14, 1947 became the first person to break the sound barrier, flying a rocket powered Bell X-1 jet. He helped train the first U.S. astronauts and, as if there were no end to his studliness, flew combat missions over Vietnam in the 1960s. In the 1980s Yeager became a celebrity, thanks in large part to the 1984 film made from Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff, an account of the early U.S. space program.

Yeager's Bell X-1 was called the Glamorous Glennis in tribute to Yeager's wife... Yeager was played by actor Sam Shepard in the film The Right Stuff; Yeager himself had a small role in the film as a bartender.

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