Chuck Yeager

1923 - 2020

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Brigadier General Charles Elwood Yeager ( YAY-gər, February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot who in October 1947 became the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. Yeager was raised in Hamlin, West Virginia. His career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army, assigned to the Army Air Forces in 1941. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chuck Yeager has received more than 6,442,599 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Chuck Yeager is the 14th most popular pilot (up from 16th in 2019), the 1,711th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,661st in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Pilot.

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  • 51

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Chuck Yeager has had the most page views in the with 510,386 views, followed by German (29,599), and Japanese (27,623). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (619.81%), Serbian (54.55%), and Welsh (41.42%)


Among pilots, Chuck Yeager ranks 14 out of 71Before him are Ernst Udet, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Francis Gary Powers, Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, and Chesley Sullenberger. After him are Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Marina Raskova, Joseph Kittinger, Valery Chkalov, René Fonck, and Mathias Rust.

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Among people born in 1923, Chuck Yeager ranks 72Before him are Frederick Herzberg, Gyula Lóránt, Lola Flores, Yelena Bonner, Diane Arbus, and Aaron Spelling. After him are Agatha Barbara, Conrad Bain, Hwang Jang-yop, Leonid Gaidai, Reinhart Koselleck, and André Courrèges. Among people deceased in 2020, Chuck Yeager ranks 85Before him are Quino, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Per Olov Enquist, Conchata Ferrell, Ida Haendel, and Moussa Traoré. After him are Maj Sjöwall, Jānis Lūsis, Honor Blackman, Lorenzo Sanz, Manu Dibango, and Roger Scruton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Chuck Yeager ranks 1,711 out of 20,380Before him are Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869), Cardi B (1992), Abigail Adams (1744), Lisa Ann (1972), Sonny Bono (1935), and Michael Biehn (1956). After him are Robert Aldrich (1918), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Barnett Newman (1905), Patricia Neal (1926), John Frankenheimer (1930), and Fran Drescher (1957).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Chuck Yeager ranks 5Before him are Charles Lindbergh (1902), Amelia Earhart (1897), Francis Gary Powers (1929), and Chesley Sullenberger (1951). After him are Joseph Kittinger (1928), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Bessie Coleman (1892), Jacqueline Cochran (1906), Jerrie Cobb (1931), Wally Funk (1939), and Cornelia Fort (1919).