American test pilot whose X-1 plane broke the sound barrier.
He began his career as a private in the United States Army Air Forces.
He worked his way up to the rank of P-51 Mustang fighter pilot during the World War II years.
He had four children with his wife, Glennis, who inspired the name of his experimental, supersonic plane (the "Glamorous Glennis").
He was portrayed by Sam Shepard in the 1983 film version of Tom Wolfe's book, "The Right Stuff."
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