Pegasus Squadron Civil Air Patrol
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, a WWII Ace and an aviation pioneer, has died. He was 97.
Yeager was born in West Virginia and joined the Army Air Corps as a mechanic. He was selected for flight training and by war's end he had shot down a dozen enemy aircraft in Europe. After the war, he became a United States Air Force test pilot.
In 1947, he broke the sound barrier and broke several different aviation speed and altitude records. He was deployed to the Korean War and the war in Vietnam as a fighter pilot.
He retired from the Air Force in 1975.
Pegasus Squadron Civil Air Patrol joins the nation in mourning the loss of an American son who was an aviation legend.