About Chuck Yeager:
Charles Elwood is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. He briefly served in the French Resistance during World War II and in 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled faster than sound.
I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.Chuck Yeager