(CBS13) — Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, has died at age 97.

General Yeager’s death was announced in a tweet posted to his official Twitter account Monday night.

“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.”

The tweet is attributed to Yeager’s wife, Victoria Scott D’Angelo.

Yeager, a record-setting test pilot, served during World War II and became the first person to break the sound barrier in 1947.

SACRAMENTO, CA – DECEMBER 1: General Chuck Yeager speaks at the 2009 California Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony at the California Musuem on December 1, 2009 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

The decorated Air Force pilot became a national celebrity after the publication of Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff” in 1979 and the movie based on it came out four years later, starring Sam Shepard as General Yeager.

After his retirement from the Air Force in the 70s, Yeager moved to Grass Valley with his wife Glennis Dickhouse. A road in Oroville is also named after the legendary pilot.

In 2009, Yeager was inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This is a developing story. 


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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