A choice snippet from Chuck Yeager
's October 1947 transcript, just moments before he was about to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 jet, says it all: "Hell, yes, let's get it over with." Another moment recounts Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's thoughts as they took their July 20, 1969 lunar stroll.
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The AAF was more interested in quickly achieving and perfecting supersonic flight, so Chuck Yeager
used a second faster X--1 to punch through the sound barrier--and then far beyond.
breaks the sound barrier in X-l near Muroc, CA.
| 1947: Chuck Yeager
in his Bell X-1 rocket plane became the first man to break the sound barrier.
In 1947, US Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager
became the first pilot to officially break the sound barrier, reaching a speed of 807.2mph in the Bell X-l rocket-powered aircraft, which was designed to resemble a machine-gun bullet--a projectile known to be stable in supersonic flight.
There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager
and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called "the demon".
The X-plane number designation continues a tradition of naming important experimental aircraft and rockets that dates back to 1947 and the X-1, the rocket-powered airplane that Chuck Yeager
flew to become the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound.
He oozes the Right Stuff of Chuck Yeager
and John Glenn, a character straight out of NASA's central casting: tall, confident, and a little cocky.
flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier.
, the first man to break the speed of sound and considered the finest pilot to ever have flown a plane, and Gen.
I once described to my friend Steve Albers the scene in the movie The Right Stuff in which pilot Chuck Yeager
is at almost 20 miles altitude when his jet's engine gives out.