Famed Test Pilot Chuck Yeager, First to Break Sound Barrier, Dead at 97

The test pilot who took aviation to the doorstep of space by becoming the first person to break the sound barrier has died.

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Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the World War II fighter pilot ace and quintessential test pilot who showed he had the “right stuff” when in 1947 he became the first person to fly faster than sound, had died. He was 97. Yeager died Monday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement, calling the death “a tremendous loss to our nation.” “Gen. Yeager’s pioneering and innovative spirit advanced America’s abilities in the…

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