Chuck Yeager
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"Charles Elwood" ""Chuck"" "Yeager" is a retired brigadier general (United States)/brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled sound barrier/faster than sound.

Yeager's career began in World War II as a Private (rank)/private in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving as an aircraft mechanic, in September 1942 he entered Enlisted rank/enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to Warrant Officer (United States)/warrant officer) and became a North American P-51 Mustang/P-51 fighter pilot.

After the war, Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. As the first human to break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach number/Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m). Although Albert Scott Crossfield/Scott Crossfield was the first to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter set a new record of Mach 2.44.

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