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Yeager, Charles Elwood

Born: 1923 AD
Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Aviators

1923- Born in Myra, W.Va.

-Was the first human to travel faster than the speed of sound. After enlisting in the army, Yeager was assigned to the Army Air Corps.

-He was commissioned an air-force fighter pilot, stationed in England.

-He flew 64 missions and shot down 13 German aircraft.

-A flight instructor and test pilot after World War II

-He began to fly the experimental X-1,in which, on October 14, at an altitude of 120,000 m (40,000 ft), he broke the sound barrier (1,066 km/h; 662 mph).
1st human to fly faster than speed of sound 1947, in Bell X-1 aircraft

-He set another world speed record 2,660 km/h (1,650 mph) in an X-1A rocket plane.

-He retired as a brigadier general.

-He published his own autobiography.