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Maj. Chuck Yeager of the U.S. is seen at Frankfurt Rhine Main Air Base in Germany, Feb. 5, 1955. (AP Photo/Albert Riethausen)

Famous U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager poses in front of the Piper Cheyenne 400 LS plane at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, on which he broke s…

The first man to break the sound barrier, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, in cockpit, is greeted by Major General Thomas Stafford, …

Gen. Chuck Yeager smiles as he takes part in the 83rd annual celebration of the Wright Brothers first flight in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Dec. 1…

Retired test pilot Chuck Yeager, right, and comedian Bob Hope, wave from a float during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 198…

Former astronaut Chuck Yeager arrives at the Kennedy Center for the premiere of the movie "The Right Stuff," Oct. 17, 1983, in Washington. (AP…

Retired Air Force pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager stands in front of a Piper Cheyenne 400 LS he is hoping will set a new cross-country speed record on…

In 1989, 144 people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.

Pan American's 747 jumbo jet is parked next to a Boeing 707. The 747 was the first commercial wide-body in service, and would propel Boeing ah…

In 1959, an American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.