Yeager was born in West Virginia in 1923 and became a combat fighter during World War II. He flew 64 missions over Europe and shot down 13 German planes until he too was shot down and managed to escape capture. He was one of the few individuals chosen to test an experimental rocket plane to explore the possibility of flying faster than sound. This is a goal that has intrigued humankind for years and many believed that it was not possible due to the limitations of the body and of the materials used to build the aircrafts, but on October 14, 1947, Yeager changed their mind.
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Today in History: Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to break the sound barrier
Captain Charles E Yeager standing next to the Air Force's Bell X-1 supersonic research aircraft, Muroc Army Air Force Base, California, October 1947. Yeager named it the Glamorous Glennis after his wife. He became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
American aviator Charles 'Chuck' Yeager (left), the unofficial fastest man on earth meets the official fastest man on earth, British aviator Peter Twiss, April 20, 1956. Twiss flew at 1,132 miles an hour while Yeager flew some five hundred miles faster. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American Air Force Colonel Charles 'Chuck' Yeager holding a model of the Bell X-1 aircraft he flew 15 years ago to become the first person to break the sound barrier, New York City, New York, October 18, 1962. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
EDWARDS, CA - CIRCA 1986: General Chuck Yeager poses during a portrait session circa 1986 at Edwards Air Force Base near Edwards, California. Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
LS.Yeager.1.0917.BY Brig.Gen.Chuck Yeager (cq) ready to hop into a flight suit at Edwards Air Force Base. (Photo by Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Avalon International Airshow 2007. The first man to break the sound barrier, Charles ChucK Yeager. 20 March, 2007. THE AGE NEWS Picture by JASON SOUTH. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 1: General Chuck Yeager speaks at the 2009 California Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony at the California Musuem on December 1, 2009 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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A B-29 aircraft lifted Yeager in his X-1 plane to 25,000 feet and then released him through the bomb bay. The pilot reached a speed of 662 miles per hour, which is the sound barrier at that altitude. Even thought he mission was a success, the project was kept secret until 1948, when the achievement was announced .