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65 Years After Breaking The Speed Of Sound, Chuck Yeager Does It Again
2012-10-15 07:09:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It was a special morning on October 14, 1947 when Chuck Yeager became the first person--although often contended by aviation enthusiasts--to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager, who flew an experimental X-1 at Mach 1 at 45,000 feet, said at the time he was worried he would have been pulled from the mission if he would have let on that he was in intense pain from two broken ribs he received from falling off a horse two days...

Biplane Design Could Break Sound Barrier
2012-03-15 12:25:14

MIT researchers have found a way to produce a cheaper, quieter and fuel-efficient biplane that is capable of traveling at supersonic speeds. The team has shown through a computer model that a modified biplane can produce significantly less drag than a conventional single-wing aircraft at supersonic cruise speeds. Qiqi Wang, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, said less drag would allow the plane to require less fuel, making it cheaper to fly, and would also make it...

2010-07-13 14:41:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Most people understand they will never exceed the speed of sound. General Chuck Yeager not only achieved that milestone, but he was also the first to ever do it. The American Airlines C.R. Museum is presenting Yeager for all to see and hear as he speaks at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center on Sunday, July 25, at 2:30 p.m. Gen. Yeager has accomplished many things in his lifetime, but certainly one of the most...

2008-10-06 21:00:22

By Sandy Wells In 1948, standing on the playground at St. Anthony's School, 12- year-old Hal Bergdahl watched an F-80 jet descend from the west and dip below the skyline. "The plane popped up and rolled out of sight, reappeared, rolling straight down vertically, then went out of sight." He never forgot it. "We weren't used to seeing jets," he said. "The airport had just opened the year before." The plane probably belonged to Capt. Chuck Yeager. The famous aviator was well known for...


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