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The Legend Chuck Yeager Essay

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Chuck Yeager always inspired me because of his attitude, confidence, skills, knowledge and determination. He served his country, was a test-pilot and on top of that was the first person to break the sound barrier. He was very laid back, although he had done so many demanding and dangerous things in his life. He could give everybody in aviation a good lesson of how to be an outstanding pilot. In my eyes, he is one of the best that the Air Force ever had, and he will always be in my memory when I'm soaring up in the sky.Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was born in 1923 in the backwoods town of Hamlin on the Mud River, West Virginia. After graduating from high school in 1941, he joined the United States Air Force to become a fighter pilot. In 1943, Chuck was shot down over Nazi territory, France, but escaped back to England over neutral Spain. After this incidence, he returned back to the war during the Normandy invasion, although his wife totally disagreed with his decision. During his missions, he flew the P-51 Mustang and claimed thirteen and a half kills, five of them in only one day. The Messerschnitt Me 262 jet fighter was among one of his victims. Chuck dived down, until he caught up to the Messerschnitt, which was in landing configuration about to land, and shot it down with no hesitation. After the war, Chuck decided to become a test pilot at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. This decision made him famous in later days.In 1939 and 1940, Charles Yeager attended the Citizens Military Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison and on September 12, 1941, enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. In July 1942, he got accepted for pilot training under the flying sergeant program. Chuck earned his wings and appointment as a flight officer in March 1943 at Luke Field, Arizona. He was a young man who always wanted to become a pilot and seek his higher purpose, which was to serve for his country. He completed basic training remarkably well and served for a few months at Mather Field, California and later on in Moffet Field, California. When the United States entered World War 2 on December 7, 1941., Chuck was working on AT-11 aircrafts and got promoted to private first class and then to corporal.He became a flight officer, after graduating from pilot training school in July 1942. He was flying the P-39 as a member of the 363rd fighter squadron and practiced in the entire United States before they sent him overseas to England. He was chosen to fly the P-51 in combat against Germans. Chuck performed tremendously, shooting down one ME-109 and an HE-111K. That was when he got shot down over German-occupied France on March 5, 1944. However, as previously mentioned, he was able to escape over neutral Spain to England and returned back to fight during the Normandy invasion. He named his P-51 Mustang Glamorous Glennis, after his wife. It suppose to give him good luck for his future missions and make him the superior pilot in the sky. He was flying 56...

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