Charles Elwood Yeager was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot.
The first pilot to break the sound barrier has died at the age of 97, his wife, Victoria Yeager announced on Monday.
“It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET,”
“An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever.”
Although she did not mention the cause of his death, A World War II fighter pilot, Yeager, 97, rocketed into history by breaking the sound barrier in the experimental Bell X-1 research aircraft in 1947, helping to pave the way for the US space program.