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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 5,807,453 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Chuck Yeager is the 16th most popular pilot (up from 17th in 2019), the 1,661st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,073rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Pilot.

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Among pilots, Chuck Yeager ranks 16 out of 48Before him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Chesley Sullenberger, Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, and Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi. After him are Valery Chkalov, Mathias Rust, René Fonck, Joseph Kittinger, Claire Lee Chennault, and Amet-khan Sultan.

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Among people born in 1923, Chuck Yeager ranks 61Before him are Nizar Qabbani, Stjepan Bobek, Walter Kohn, Freeman Dyson, Rasul Gamzatov, and Shūsaku Endō. After him are Hank Williams, Stig Dagerman, Bert Trautmann, Chaleo Yoovidhya, Victoria de los Ángeles, and Norman Mailer. Among people deceased in 2020, Chuck Yeager ranks 84Before him are John Saxon, Honor Blackman, Freeman Dyson, Maj Sjöwall, Chadwick Boseman, and John Horton Conway. After him are Manu Dibango, Jerry Stiller, Radomir Antić, Momčilo Krajišnik, Peter Green, and Mark Blum.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Chuck Yeager ranks 1,661 out of 18,182Before him are Veronica Lake (1922), Wes Studi (1947), Mildred Harris (1901), John Fogerty (1945), Jennifer Lawrence (1990), and Robert Sheckley (1928). After him are (1975), Don DeLillo (1936), Dave Mustaine (1961), Alan Kay (1940), Frank Stella (1936), and Lee Remick (1935).

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), Wally Funk (1939), Jerrie Cobb (1931), and Cornelia Fort (1919).

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