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Chuck Yeager: First Pilot to Break the Sound Barrier


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Chuck Yeager: First Pilot to Break the Sound Barrier


Through the course of history, extraordinary individuals have always wanted to break with conventional barriers. Before May 6, 1954, conventional knowledge have set that a human cannot run a mile under four minutes; however, Roger Bannister prove everybody wrong on that day, a lot of individuals have dominated the run of a mile in under three minutes. In the same manner, the speed of sound was thought be unbreakable until Chuck Yeager broke the same conventional wisdom, which was believed to be an impossible feat.

Chuck Yeager, born on February 13, 1923 from Myra, West Virginia, was an aviator and a test pilot. He was a pilot during the Second World War. On October 1947, he was the first human being to break the sound barrier piloting his Bell X-1 rocket with a speed of 670 miles per hour. He broke the sound barrier for the last at the age of 72 years old when he flew his F-15 Eagle with a speed of Mach 1.45.

Early Achievements

Chuck Yeager went to Flight Performance School and in 1946 he graduated. After he had graduated, he was chosen to be a test pilot of the Bell X-1 rocket. He named the rocket “Glamorous Glennis” after his wife; and on the 14th of October, he reached a top speed of 670 miles per hour, making him the first individual to break the sound barrier.

World War II and Beyond

During World War II, Chuck Yeager piloted a P-51 fighter plane. And during one of his mission, his plane was hit in France, evaded capture and escaped to Spain. He could have gone home. Instead, he asked to be returned to the front, a request that has even gotten to General Eisenhower. After his request was granted, he then returned to fighting, and in only one day he gunned down five German fighter jets. After the Second World War, Chuck Yeager became the first American to fly a Russian MIG, one which was taken by South Korea from a defector from North Korea.

In 1953, Chuck Yeager broke another record, reaching a top speed of Mach 2 and due to his accomplishments; he was again invited to the White House to be presented with the Harman International Trophy by President Eisenhower. He eventually reached a speed of 1.650 miles per hour in an elevation of over 90,000 feet, a feat that earned him the Distinguished Service Medal.

From 1954 to 1962, Yeager undertook a number of Air Force Command mission and in 1968 to 1969 he served as a vice commander of the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, in 1971 to 1973 a U.S. defense representative in Pakistan and 1976 to 1975 worked as a director of aerospace safety in Norton Air Force Base in California.

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