Chuck Yeager

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Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager was born on February 13, 1923 in Myra, West Virginia and is currently still alive at 91 years old. He is the most famous test pilot of all time and was the first pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound. Right after he finished high school, Yeager enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. He flew 64 combat missions and downed 13 enemy aircraft, 5 in a single day.He also participated in the Vietnam War, where he flew 127 air-support missions and trained bomber pilots. In 1952, Yeager set a new air speed record of more than twice the speed of sound and trained pilots at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School until 1966, when the school was closed down as NASA trained took over training pilots and astronauts. In 1968, he was promoted to brigadier general and served as Pakistan's U.S. Defense Representative in 1970. Yeager retired from the Air Force in 1975, but continued to serve as a consulting test pilot for years afterward. He made his last flight as a military consultant on October 14, 1997.

Accomplishments

1923 - Yeager is born in West Virginia.1947 - Yeager breaks the sound barrier for the first time 1952 - Yeager sets a new air speed record of 1,650 mph1966 - The Air Force space school that Yeager taught at closes down1968 - Yeager is promoted to brigadier general1970 - Yeager serves as Pakistan's U.S. defense representative1973 - Yeager is inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame 1975 - Yeager retires from the Air Force 1976 - Yeager is awrded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom1997 - Yeager makes his last flight as a military consultant

- First pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound-The first and youngest military pilot to be inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame-Set a new air speed record of 1,650 mph in 1952-In 1976, won the Congressional Gold Medal and a few years later, won the Presidental Medal of Freedom-Was awarded 12 different medals and honors in all

Lasting Impact

Chuck Yeager has affected our world today through his service to both the Vietnam War and World War II. He was a very fascinating man and the most famous test pilot you could imagine. He taught important astronauts and pilots and proved to mankind that it is possible to fly faster than than the speed of sound. Yeager is a man to be remembered throughout years to come.

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