Chuck Yeager

American World War II flying ace and test pilot; first pilot to fly faster than sound

Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a major general of the United States Air Force. He was the first person to break the sound barrier.[1] This was accomplished on 14 October 1947 in a Bell X-1 aircraft. Yeager also served in World War II.[2]

Chuck Yeager
Birth nameCharles Elwood Yeager
Born(1923-02-13)February 13, 1923
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 2020(2020-12-07) (aged 97)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
 United States Air Force
Years of service1941–1975
Rank Brigadier general
RelationsSteve Yeager (cousin)
Other workFlight instructor and test pilot

Yeager turned 97 on February 13, 2020. He died on December 7, 2020 at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 97.[3]

References change

  1. "Chuck Yeager". 2010. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  2. Steelhorst, Mary (May 2003). "Chuck Yeager". Popular Mechanics. 180: 72. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  3. Muntean, Pete; Silverman, Hollie (December 7, 2020). "Chuck Yeager, pilot who broke the sound barrier, dies at 97". CNN. Retrieved December 7, 2020.