Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, 89, broke the sound barrier for the second time, 65 years after breaking it the first time in 1947.
Yeager flew in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle, which broke the sound barrier at 10:24 a.m. on Sunday, exactly 65 years to the minute when he set the record the first time, reports the NY Daily News.
Yeager flew the F-15 as it took off and landed from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. When the plane flew 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert, it was piloted by Capt. David Vincent of the 65th Aggressor Squadron.
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Nellis airman and spokesman Timothy Young told the NY Daily News: "It was a great honor to have him fly out of Nellis. We pride ourselves on training fighter pilots and to have someone of his caliber here is such an honor."
Ironically, Yeager's flight happened the same day that Felix Baumgartner also broke the sound barrier after skydiving from 24.5 miles above the earth.
Baumgartner landed safely in the New Mexico desert. Yeager told reporters that he was unaware of Baumgartner's newly-set world record for skydiving.