Chuck Yeager

Why Chuck Yeager Was the Greatest Pilot of All Time

On Oct. 14, 1947, 24-year-old U.S. Air Force officer Chuck Yeager became the first pilot in human history to reach — and importantly, survive — supersonic flight. That means he flew faster than the speed of sound, or roughly 768 mph (1,236 kph) at sea level, also known as Mach 1. Yeager flew straight into…