“YEAGER” An Autobiography. By General Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos. Born in 1923, Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager 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, the greatest test pilot of them all, a World War II flying ace who shot down a German Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang, the hero who defined a certain quality that all the hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve. Yeager was credited with shooting down 11.5 enemy aircraft (the half credit is from a second pilot assisting him in a single shoot-down). On October 12, 1944, he attained “ace in a day” status, shooting down five enemy aircraft in one mission. After the war, Yeager became a test pilot and flew many types of aircraft, including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. He then went on to break several other speed and altitude records in the following years. Throughout his historic life, he flew more than 360 different types of aircraft over a 70-year period. Here is Chuck Yeager’s full autobiography. 1986 Paperback edition, 436 pages, 22 black and white photos and an index.
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