Yeager famously broke the speed of sound in a rocket plane on Oct. 14 1947 — exactly 65 years before Baumgartner’s feat.
The feisty 89-year-old didn’t seem too impressed with Baumgartner’s accomplishment; he essentially dismissed it as something that had been done before.
“That was done 14 to 15 years ago by previous individuals. So basically he [Baumgartner] didn’t uncover anything,” he told CNBC’s Brian Sullivan.
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