Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager posing in front of his Bell X-1
Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager posing in front of his Bell X-1, 1947
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Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)
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Chuck Yeager became a pilot in 1942 during WWII though he had originally joined as an aircraft mechanic. On several occasions he was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base. While at Edwards, he broke the sound barrier by traveling faster than the speed of sound in a Bell X-1 named "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife.