‘America’s greatest Pilot’ Chuck Yeager, first person to break sound barrier, dies at 97

United States Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, retired, talks with Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander, upon his arrival, Oct. 13, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Yeager was the first person to pilot an aircraft faster than the speed of sound, Oct. 14, 1947, and he broke the sound barrier again at the age of 89 in an F-15D Eagle from the 65th Aggressor Squadron.

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