(Air Force photo / Lawrence Crespo)

Today is Chuck Yeager's 97th birthday, and it's a great time to revisit the historic test pilot's ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Yeager, of course, was the pilot who ensured that the sound barrier was no longer a barrier.

He was the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. When his bullet-shaped Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier 45,000 feet above the Southern California desert, much of that technological power was tied to what was then Wright Field here outside Dayton.

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