Chuck Yeager, First Pilot to Break Sound Barrier, Dies at Age 97 Written 8 December 2020


Captain Chuck Yeager sitting in Bell X-1 cockpit, September 26, 1947. | Credit: Jack Ridley - US Air Force; Wikipedia; Public Domain

The Washington Post reports that “Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Yeager, a military test pilot who was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound and live to tell about it, died” December 7 at the age of 97. Yeager, a “self-described West Virginia hillbilly with a high school education,” became “one of the greatest aviators of his generation, combining abundant confidence with an innate understanding of engineering mechanics.”
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