Renowned Pilot & Automotive Enthusiast Chuck Yeager, 97

No man was more synonymous with speed than world renowned pilot Chuck Yeager. Known as “the fastest man alive” through most of his life after breaking the sound barrier in 1947, Yeager died Monday at age 97. Yeager, who was born in West Virginia in 1923, joined the Army Air Corp in 1941 at age 18. Yeager served as a pilot during World War II, was stationed in England and flew 64 missions during the war. After the war, Yeager became a flight instructor and a test pilot stationed at Ohio’s Wright Field. Yeager commanded the 417th Fighter Bomber Squadron at Hahn Air Base in Germany and the 1st Fighter Day Squadron at George Air Force Base in California.

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