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Chuck Yeager, the American legend, who broke the sound barrier in 1947, is now breaking the internet in 2016. The decorated war hero who has inspired a generation of pilots may be an icon, but one thing he’s surely mistaken about is the 1971 India-Pakistan war. According to the celebrated US air force pilot, who garnered a lot of acclaim during World War II, Pakistan won the 1971 war and it remained a sovereign nation. And that India did not annex it.



This claim, of course, was exchanged over Twitter with TV host Shekhar Gupta who first tweeted to Chuck Yeager about helping the Pakistani Air Force in the year 1971.



 

Chuck Yeager’s instant reply within minutes 

 

Gupta manages to touch his raw nerve in this one 

 

And now comes the bewildering claim by Yeager 

 

Gupta shoots another one

 

Yeager at his defensive best 

 

 

But he does seek peace eventually

 

This should be the end of it, or so we’re hoping 

 

Yeager retired in the year 1975 and according to his book  Yeager: An Autobiography, he was sent to advise the Pakistan air force, just a couple of months before the 1971 war began. He’s mentioned in his book how Pakistan stopped India from annexing East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh, by opening up the western front. In his book, he has also mentioned how his plane was totaled in a raid conducted by the Indian Air Force while the Beech Queen Air was used in order to rescue the India pilots who were downed. Yeager also stated: “I had it parked at the Islamabad airport, and I remember sitting on my front porch on the second day of the war, thinking that maybe I ought to move that airplane down to the Iranian border, out of range of the Indian bombers, when the damned air-raid siren went off, and a couple of Indian jets came streaking in overhead. A moment later, I saw a column of black smoke rising from the air field. My Beech Queen was totaled.”

Meanwhile, you can also check out “The Right Stuff”, a 1983 film, which is based on the legendary American fighter pilot.