Charles Chuck Yeager, American pilot

Charles Chuck Yeager, American pilot

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Caption: "Chuck" Yeager. Portrait of Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born 1923), the American who was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. On 14 October 1947 Yeager flew a Bell X-1 aircraft at a speed of 1078 kilometres per hour at an altitude of 12,800 metres - equivalent to 1.015 times the speed of sound. Yeager had begun his career as a fighter pilot during World War II, destroying 13 enemy aircraft. He spent several years flying experimental aircraft, including the X-1. He then commanded fighter and test pilot units in Europe and America, eventually rising to the rank of Brigadier-General. Photograph of Yeager in the 1990s.

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