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Famed test pilot, retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager died, Dec. 7, 2020. He was 97. Yeager’s most notable achievement was piloting the X-1 experimental rocket plane, in which he became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound in 1947, shortly after the founding of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
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