Aviation History

Let’s share historical events that helped aviation industry to develop. Posts shouldn’t be so long, easy to read, short/medium posts would be useful, if someone wants more detail can do deeper research individually. This topic will be helpful to remember and to learn more about the history of the aviation.

I would like to start with Chuck Yeager.

Who Was Chuck Yeager?

A fighter pilot ace during World War II, Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier , when he flew the Bell X-1 rocket 700 mph in level flight in October 1947.

Yeager later trained military pilots to become astronauts and served in various command posts until his retirement from the Air Force in 1975.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Yeager was chosen to test pilot the Bell X-1 rocket in 1947. Naming the jet “Glamorous Glennis” after his wife, Yeager on October 14th reached a top speed of 700 mph at 43,000 feet, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier (Mach 1).

So in 1947, the world heard sonic boom for the first time and they were all surprised.

Sources I used:

  1. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/yeager-breaks-sound-barrier
  2. Chuck Yeager - Death, Career & Facts
  3. A very short and great mini documentary.

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