97-year-old Chuck Yeager dies

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Chuck Yeager

The first person to ever break the sound barrier is dead.

Chuck Yeager, world-renowned fighter pilot and test pilot died Monday shortly before 9 p.m.

It was announced on his Twitter account.

Yeager earned many medals throughout his career. A Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Legion of Merit are just a few of many.

In 34 years with the military which started in the Second World War as a P-51 pilot Yeager shot down 11 enemy aircraft and on October 14, 1947 flew the Bell-X1 at Mach 1 while at 45,000 feet.

No plans have been made public for his funeral or other arrangements at this time.