Chuck Yeager was a Hollywood idea of a brave test pilot – today they must be skilled engineers too

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Charles “Chuck” Yeager, who died aged 97, epitomised the movie test pilot of the 1940s and 1950s. A fighter pilot hero of the second world war and later Korea, he was dashing, loyal and supremely skilled. In a life that was pure Hollywood, he named his various fighter aircraft “Glamorous Glenn” after his then fiancee, later wife, Glennis Dickhouse.

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, before his retirement in the 1970s. (Image credit: United States Air Force)

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