Local icon, record-setting WWll pilot Chuck Yeager dies

“WWll pilot and longtime Grass Valley resident Chuck Yeager has died, according to his wife, who tweeted through her late husband’s account. He was 97,” as KCRA and others are reporting.

“‘It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET,’ Victoria Yeager said in her tweet.

“Yeager known for his many record-setting feats in the sky, including becoming the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947.

“General Yeager was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2009.”

The New York Times version is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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