10/14/2005: Faster than a Speeding Bullet…
“One of the most important flights in aviation history took place on this day in 1947 above the California desert when Chuck Yeager piloted the Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound for the first time.
The bullet-shaped aircraft was built specifically to reach Mach 1 and is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Research from the X-1 and other experimental aircraft contributed much to the design of today's airplanes.
Military fighters now routinely fly at Mach 2, and the nation's commercial airliners carry nearly 650-million passengers each year at speeds only front-line fighters could reach when Yeager climbed into the cockpit of the X-1.”
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 10.14.05 @ 08:58 AM CST