Chuck Yeager

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

Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a former 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 (age 97)
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
 United States Air Force
Years of service1941–1975
RankUS Air Force O7 shoulderboard rotated.svg Brigadier general
RelationsSteve Yeager (cousin)
Other workFlight instructor and test pilot


  1. "Chuck Yeager". 2010 [last update]. Retrieved 22 March 2011. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. Steelhorst, Mary (May 2003). "Chuck Yeager". Popular Mechanics. 180: 72. Retrieved 22 March 2011.