Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager

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Credit: MIKE CASSIDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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 October 14, 1947 Yeager flew a Bell X-1 aircraft at a speed of 1078 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 12,800 meters - 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. He marked the 60th anniversary of his historic flight at Edwards Air Force Base in 2007.

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