Chuck Yeager, the Legendary Pilot Who First Broke the Sound Barrier, Dies at 97

Chuck Yeager, the first pilot ever to break the sound barrier, has died. He was 97.

Yeager's wife, Victoria Yeager, confirmed the news of his death on Monday through the former World War II pilot's Twitter account, writing, "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," she continued.

In addition to breaking the sound barrier on October 14, 1947 while flying the Bell X-1 as a test pilot, Yeager shot down more than 11 aircraft as a P-51 pilot on the Western front in World War II.

Yeager, whose career as a test pilot was chronicled in the book and eponymous movie, The Right Stuff, is survived by his wife Victoria, and his four children Susan, Don, Mickey and Sharon, whom he had with his first wife Glennis, who died of cancer in 1990.

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