Chuck Yeager

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Chuck Yeager
Birth nameCharles Elwood Yeager
Nickname"Chuck"
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/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
Battles/wars
Awards
RelationsSteve Yeager (cousin)
Other workFlight instructor and test pilot
Signature
Website
http://www.chuckyeager.com/

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]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Chuck Yeager". centennialofflight.gov. 2010 [last update]. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. 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.
  3. Muntean, Pete; Silverman, Hollie (December 7, 2020). "Chuck Yeager, pilot who broke the sound barrier, dies at 97". CNN. Retrieved December 7, 2020.