Brigadier General Chuck Yeager
Charles Elwood Yeager was born February 13 1923 in Myra, West Virginia. He enlisted as an aircraft mechanic at the start of the WW2 then graduated pilot training as a Flight Officer, flying the P51 Mustang. After the war Yeager became a test pilot, famously becoming the first to break the sound barrier, October 1947 in the Bell X1. He continued a 60 year flying career in Germany and Vietnam. He was once quoted, "the first jet I ever saw, I shot it down!"