Black and white 20 x 25 cm photograph of Chuck Yeager standing beside an F-20 fighter jet signed and inscribed with a black pen. Signed in the clear space on the photo in overall excellent condition. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager born February 13, 1923, is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot to (officially) travel faster than sound. Yeager became a test pilot of many types of aircraft including experimental rocket-powered aircraft. As the first human to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m). Although Scott Crossfield was the first to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter set a new record of Mach 2.44.