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Celebrated fighter pilot who was first to break sound barrier settles California court fight

FRESNO, Calif. - A celebrated pilot who was the first person to break the sound barrier has avoided a courtroom battle in Central California over claims he owed thousands in unpaid legal bills.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1ouyAgG ) that 91-year-old Chuck Yeager and his 55-year-old wife, Victoria, reached a settlement on Tuesday just as jurors were set to hear opening arguments in the case.

The terms of the settlement weren't revealed. The law firm, Wild, Carter & Tipton, accused the Yeagers of skipping out on about $270,000 in bills. The Yeagers countersued for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.

Yeager was a World War II pilot. In 1947, he became the first person to break the sound barrier.

He and his wife have been involved in numerous lawsuits.

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