The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB
Brigadier General Chuck Yeager
An Air Force RQ-4 strategic reconnaissance aircraft
Yeager as a young captain, c. 1944
An Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refuels a C-17A Globemaster III
P-51D-20NA, Glamorous Glen III, is the aircraft in which Yeager achieved most of his aerial victories.
An Air Force A-10 demonstrating close air support at Nellis AFB
Yeager in front of the Bell X-1, which, as with all of the aircraft assigned to him, he named Glamorous Glennis (or some variation thereof), after his wife.
Test launch of a LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB
Yeager in the Bell X-1 cockpit
Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base
Yeager in 1950
Roundels that have appeared on U.S. military aircraft
1.) 5/1917–2/1918
2.) 2/1918–8/1919
3.) 8/1919–5/1942
4.) 5/1942–6/1943
5.) 6/1943–9/1943
6.) 9/1943–1/1947
7.) 1/1947–
Yeager, as Commandant of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School with a model of the North American X-15, 1959
The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold War reconnaissance plane.
Brigadier General Yeager in 2000
The F-117 Nighthawk was a stealth attack aircraft (retired from service in April 2008).
Special Congressional Silver Medal awarded to Yeager in 1976
A row of Douglas C-54 Skymasters during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
Old emblem of the General Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron (formerly of the Civil Air Patrol)
Various Air Force personnel pose during the Air Force's 74th birthday celebration at the Pentagon, September 17, 2021.
Yeager in 2012, in front of a new Glamorous Glennis III F-15D Eagle
Organization of the United States Air Force within the Department of Defense
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Pararescuemen and a simulated "survivor" watch as an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing
U.S. Air Force trainee demonstrating a butt stroke on a strike dummy as part of Basic Military Training.
USAF Airmen training at Lackland AFB
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
A C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker
An MC-12W Liberty at Beale AFB
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle
Lockheed U-2 spy plane
RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft
VC-25A (Air Force One)
A WC-130J Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM shoots out of the silo during an operational test launch

Brigadier General Charles Elwood Yeager (, February 13, 1923December 7, 2020) was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot who in 1947 became the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.

- Chuck Yeager

In 1947, Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in his X-1 rocket-powered aircraft, beginning a new era of aeronautics in America.

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The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB

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United States Army Air Forces

The major land-based aerial warfare service component of the United States Army and de facto aerial warfare service branch of the United States during and immediately after World War II (1941–1945).

The major land-based aerial warfare service component of the United States Army and de facto aerial warfare service branch of the United States during and immediately after World War II (1941–1945).

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General of the Army Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold
USAAF recruitment poster
Tuskegee Airmen War bonds poster
1943 portrait of WAC air controller
AAF Training Command patch
USAAF recruiting poster
USAAF insignia from July 1943 to January 1947
B-17G Fortresses of the 306th Bomb Group
P-51 Mustang of 361st Fighter Group, 1944
Taylorcraft L-2
C-47 of the 438th Troop Carrier Group
USAAF AT-6Cs near Luke Field, 1943
UC-64 Norseman
General Carl A. Spaatz
Medal of Honor recipient Major Richard Bong in Officer's Service Dress
Awards ceremony at RAF Debden, April 1944, illustrating varying shades of olive drab and the M-1944 "Ike jacket". Light shade 33 on left, dark shade 51 on right. Trousers are shade 33, khaki shade 1, and drab shade 54. The three combinations at right are "pinks and greens".
At the AAF School of Air Evacuation at Bowman Field, Ky., student flight nurses learned how to handle patients with the aid of a mock-up fuselage of a Douglas C-47 transport.
Female service dress in OD shade 33 at Randolph Field, 1944
USAAF flight crew
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It was created on 20 June 1941 as successor to the previous United States Army Air Corps and is the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force, today one of the six armed forces of the United States.

Two fighter pilot beneficiaries of this change went on to become brigadier generals in the United States Air Force, James Robinson Risner and Charles E. Yeager.