A legendary pilot and West Virginian died.
According to a tweet from his wife, 97-year-old Gen. Chuck Yeager died around 9 p.m. Monday.
The Lincoln County native was the first pilot to break the sound barrier – flying faster than the speed of sound.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years – serving in World War II and Vietnam.
Sen. Joe Manchin tweeted about Yeager’s life – calling him “an American hero” and “an inspiration for generations of Americans.”