The Quest for Mach One: A First-Person Account of Breaking the Sound Barrier by Chuck YeagerBrigadier General Charles Elwood Chuck Yeager, USAF.
Veteran of WWII and the Vietnam War. Achieved ace status during WWII, and post-war became the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
His decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier -- X-1 -- 1947
Members Portal. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in , but others almost certainly did so before him. Filed under General Science , Urban Legends. Skeptoid Podcast May 19, Podcast transcript Subscribe. Breaking the sound barrier was to aviation what Neil Armstrong's first step was to the space program: No matter how many others went higher or faster later, it will always be that seminal, unassailable "first" that can never be topped.
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Chuck Yeager is an American test pilot who was the first person to break the sound barrier — the point where a speeding object such as an airplane passes the speed of sound. Yeager made his history-setting flight on Oct.
In , he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. After the war, Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. He then went on to break several other speed and altitude records. Yeager later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany, and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War , and in recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units he was promoted to brigadier general. Yeager's flying career spans more than 70 years and has taken him to many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. He had two brothers, Roy and Hal Jr.