WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement following the death of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager:

“Most people know Chuck Yeager as the pilot who broke the sound barrier. While his most famous feat certainly transformed the aviation world, Chuck Yeager’s life represents so much more. I remember meeting General Yeager for the first time in 1985 for the dedication of Yeager Airport. My son Charles, celebrating his fifth birthday that day, was totally in awe, as we all were. He embodied the American Dream. A boy from Lincoln County would achieve what pilots then had only dreamed about. He was built of the Right Stuff and lived his life in service to his country, a World War II patriot, flying ace, and Medal of Freedom recipient. Simply put, America is better because of him. His legacy continues on today. He is an inspiration for many, from young West Virginians to pilots across the globe. Charlie and I send our heartfelt condolences to the Yeager family during this difficult time.”