December 7, 2020 (AMN) – The world has lost an icon of aviation. World famous fighter pilot Chuck Yeager died on Monday at the age of 97, Yeager’s wife Victoria Yeager updated his Twitter account Monday evening with the sad news . Yeager passed shortly before 9:00PM Monday.
Yeager was a gentleman who lived an incredible and adventurous life. He broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947 when he flew the X-1 over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. He rocketed to 40,000 feet at through 662 miles an hour breaking the sound barrier at that altitude.
“An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever,” Victoria Yeager tweeted.
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
“Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
John Gillespie McGee, Jr.