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Chuck Yeager recreates historic flight from Nellis Air Force Base

Chuck Yeager recreates historic flight from Nellis Air Force Base

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Oct 14, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Sixty-five years after becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet once again.

The now 89-year-old legendary airman piloted the plane during both take off and landing from Nellis Air Force Base, breaking the sound barrier above the Mojave Desert in California at 10:24 Sunday morning, the exact moment he made history 65 years ago

As he exited the plane with airmen standing by, General Yeager showed them what the still spry 89-year-old can do, receiving a round of applause on his return

Yeager said he chose to fly out of Nellis because it gave him the opportunity to get back in one of his favorite planes

"I'd have flown down at Edwards, but there's no F-15s at Edwards and that's my favorite airplane," he said.

Yeager said this flight wasn't too different from the same one 65 years ago.

His 30-year-old co-pilot describes the flight with the aviation legend as the best day of his life.

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.