Awards & Winners

Chuck Yeager

Date of Birth 13-February-1923
Place of Birth Myra
(Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States of America, 25506)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Charles Elwood Yeager, Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, Charles E. Yeager, Charles Yeager, Gen. General Charles E. 'Chuck' Yeager, General Chuck Yeager, Glamorous Glennis, Glamorous Glen III
Profession Military aviator, Actor, Test pilot
Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager 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 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. 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.

Awards by Chuck Yeager

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