Legendary American pilot Chuck Eger has died at the age of 97, the first time in the world to fly a plane at the speed of sound and bring aviation to the threshold of space.
The news of Chuck Eger’s death was released from his official account by his wife Victoria and was later confirmed by the US Department of Defense.
“We lived a great life together, and the legacy of America’s great pilot, expedition, and his patriotism will always be remembered,” Victoria wrote in announcing the death of Chuck Eger.
The news of Chuck Eger’s death has been mourned by his fans, students and colleagues around the world.
Chuck Eger, one of the most famous aviators in world history, was born in Virginia on February 13, 1923. He had no interest in aircraft and had never seen an aircraft before joining the US Army.
He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1941 not to fly a plane but to work on its engine, but with his ability, hard work and perseverance he became a trainee pilot and then a flight officer.
He was not approved for America’s fast-paced space program at the time because he had never been to college and regretted not being able to become an astronaut.
During World War II, Chuck Eger shot down 12 German planes, including the honour of shooting down more than four planes twice in a single day.
After the war ended, he was stationed at Morocco Airfield in California, where he was assigned to Project XS-1, which aimed to bring the aircraft to the speed of sound.
Capt. Chuck Eger, 24, tested dozens of aircraft in one week, and finally, on October 14, 1947, he surpassed the sound for the first time on an X-One.
According to the report, a few days before this feat, Chuck Eger had broken two ribs while riding, but he did not tell his seniors about it for fear of being placed at home.
Prior to the successful test, a B-29 bomber dropped the X-One, including Chuck Eger, at an altitude of 26,000 feet in the California desert. Neither Chuck Eger nor aviation engineers knew that this aircraft and its pilot It may or may not be able to handle the speed, but Chuck Eger climbed 31,000 feet and, with the help of liquid oxygen and alcoholic fuels, flew the X-One at a speed of 700 miles per hour to 43,000 feet as usual. Be flying
Keep in mind that Chuck Eger’s speed at such an altitude was more than 662 miles per hour.
After flying for 14 minutes, Chuck Eger managed to land safely in a dry lake, as well as opening a new chapter in space exploration and space travel.
For this feat, he was awarded “The Most Meritorious Flight of the Year” by the US Air Force. He also won dozens of medals and later re-entered the Vietnam War as a fighter pilot. Participated in 127 missions.
Chuck Eger, the greatest pilot in history, was awarded the Silver Medal for Bravery by the US Congress in 1975 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.