Chuck Yeager: An Aviation Legend

A look at the extraordinary life and achievements of General Chuck Yeager.

A retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and notable test pilot, General Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first pilot to travel faster than sound. On October 14, 2012, Yeager completed a celebratory flight to mark the 65th anniversary of his historic first supersonic flight.
Yeager flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1, becoming the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
Yeager in front of the Bell X-1, which he named Glamorous Glennis after his wife.
Yeager in the cockpit of the Bell X-1 supersonic research aircraft.
For the Bell X-1's historic supersonic flight, the National Aeronautics Association awarded its 1948 Collier Trophy to the three main participants of the program — Captain Yeager for piloting the flights, Larry Bell for Bell Aircraft and John Stack for the contributions of the NACA.
Yeager's P-51D-20NA, Glamorous Glen III, is the aircraft in which he achieved most of his aerial victories during World War II.
Chuck Yeager became the first commandant of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School in 1962.
Chuck Yeager in the cockpit of an NF-104. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Yeager rose in popularity after being featured in Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book The Right Stuff and the movie, which he made a cameo appearance in, that followed. He retired as a brigadier general.