Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was born February 13, 1923, in Myra, West Virginia.   On October 14, 1947, at Muroc Dry Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California, he flew the Bell X-1 aircraft past the sound barrier, becoming the world's first supersonic pilot. During the next two years, he flew the X-1 more than 40 times, exceeding 1,000 mph and 70,000 feet. He was the first American to make a ground takeoff in a rocket-powered aircraft. In December 1953 he flew the Bell X-1A 1,650 mph, becoming the first man to fly two and one-half times the speed of sound.   On December 10, 1963,  while testing an NF-104 rocket-augmented aerospace trainer, he narrowly escaped death when his aircraft went out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashed. He parachuted to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he became the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights.   General Yeager has flown 201 types of military aircraft and has more than 14,000 flying hours, with more than 13,000 of these in fighter aircraft. He has most recently flown the SR-71, F-15, F-16, F-18 and the F-20 Tigershark.   He retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1975.   He lives in Penn Valley, California..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was born February 13, 1923, in Myra, West Virginia. On October 14, 1947, at Muroc Dry Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California, he flew the Bell X-1 aircraft past the sound barrier, becoming the world's first supersonic pilot. During the next two years, he flew the X-1 more than 40 times, exceeding 1,000 mph and 70,000 feet. He was the first American to make a ground takeoff in a rocket-powered aircraft. In December 1953 he flew the Bell X-1A 1,650 mph, becoming the first man to fly two and one-half times the speed of sound. On December 10, 1963, while testing an NF-104 rocket-augmented aerospace trainer, he narrowly escaped death when his aircraft went out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashed. He parachuted to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he became the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights. General Yeager has flown 201 types of military aircraft and has more than 14,000 flying hours, with more than 13,000 of these in fighter aircraft. He has most recently flown the SR-71, F-15, F-16, F-18 and the F-20 Tigershark. He retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1975. He lives in Penn Valley, California..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

Filename: 031313USAF-History064.jpg
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Date: 28 Aug 2002
Location: Edwards Air Force Base California United States of America
Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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