May this heading will shock you, but there indeed exists a person on the planet earth who can fly faster than the speed of the sound. Read till the end, to get the details.

ChuckElwood Yeager was born in 1923, in Myra, West Virginia, in a family whose profession was agriculture. He is a pilot in America, who had managed to break the record by flying the airplane at the speed more than the speed of the sound.  He had his first experience of military training, while a summers Camps of 1939 and 1940, in his school

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This is the incident of Oct. 14, 1947, when the supersonic flight boom was first time heard by the people. Thus, at the age of 24, he creates a history setting flight by breaking the sound barrier. The Bell X-1 rocket plane was the airplane in which he along with his wife was traveling to set this record. This airplane still hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. After such a great achievement he became the youngest pilot to be involved in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He had gone through many adventures, thorough his life.

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Although the event was kept anonymous, a sit hit the public waves, it turns the Yeager from a normal pilot to a celebrity. He had received the prestigious award “Collier Trophy”, for his extraordinary work. After the Wright brothers, who took the first flight in 1903, Chuck Yeager’s achievement is termed as the second biggest achievement in the history of airplanes.

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After his great achievement, he became the talk of the town for a long time and remains active in the eyes of the public,especially on social media.

He joined the U.S Army air force, at the age of 18. But, he was not accepted for flight training because of his educational background and age. Due to World War II, he was given a chance to get flight training. After the completion of the training, he was sent overseas in the U.K. But he was shot down and he managed to escape from there and in between, he had also helped a navigator named Patterson, who was also escaping from there. For this heroic act, he was also awarded the Bronze Star. Despite all odds, he managed to shot down 13 enemy aircraft till the end of World WarII.

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Thus, there were many surprising changes comes to the life of the Yeager after World War II. He goes back to the U.S and married Glennis Dickhouse, his long term girlfriend. And he got the opportunity to be a test pilot. And hence he was able to break the sound barrier.

The last flight that he had flown was in 2012 at the age of 89 F-15D, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the record of breaking the sound barrier that was made by him.

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