(Meredith/CNN) — Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier, has passed away at the age of 97.
His wife, Victoria Yeager, announced his death on Twitter.
“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 said.
Yeager was a US Air Force officer and test pilot, and was known as “the fastest man alive.”
He broke the sound barrier when he tested the X-1 in October 1947, although the feat was not announced to the public until 1948.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Yeager joined the Air Force at age 18 in 1941 and was assigned to the Army Air Corps, according to his website.
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