U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 14
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14: FLYING RECORDS
Profile America — Friday, October 14th. Two aircraft speed records were set on this date in the past. In 1922, Lieutenant Lester Maitland in a Curtiss Pursuit plane was the first to fly 200 miles an hour. Then in 1947, Air Force Major Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound for the first time, reaching just over 750 miles an hour. With the retirement of the Concorde in 2003, there are no more supersonic passenger airliners in operation. However, the more than 700 million air passengers who fly in the U.S. annually, mostly travel on airliners at up to 85 percent of the speed of sound, somewhere between 550 and 600 miles an hour. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 1448, 1468
Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 517
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1072
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau