Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the planet War II combat pilot ace and quintessential pilot who showed he had the “right stuff” when in 1947 he became the first person to fly faster than sound, has died. He was 97.
Yeager died Monday, his wife, Victoria Yeager, said on his Twitter account. “It is w/ profound sorrow, i need to tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. a fantastic life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism are going to be remembered forever.”
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Yeager’s death is “a tremendous loss to our nation,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a statement.
“Gen. Yeager’s pioneering and innovative spirit advanced America’s abilities within the sky and set our nation’s dreams soaring into the jet age and therefore the time .
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He said, ‘You don’t consider risks. You consider results. No risk is just too great to stop the required job from getting done,’” Bridenstine said.
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