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Aviation trailblazer Yeager to attend air show at West Virginia airport named in his honor


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Chuck Yeager, the first aviator to break the sound barrier, will be among those in attendance Sunday at the Salute to our Veterans and First Responders Air Show at the Charleston airport named for him.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chuck Yeager, the West Virginia-born World War II ace fighter pilot and the first aviator to achieve supersonic flight, will be among those viewing the Salute to our Veterans and First Responders Air Show this weekend at the airport that bears his name.

Yeager will attend Sunday’s session of the two-day air show, which takes place on the 71st anniversary of the date he became the first person to break the sound barrier in level flight. Sunday also marks the 33rd anniversary of the date Kanawha Airport’s name was changed to Yeager Airport to honor the Lincoln County native’s aviation achievements.

“We are excited that Brig. Gen. Yeager’s schedule allowed him the opportunity to attend, and to be honored, at the air show,” said Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre.

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