The Sound Barrier is Broken on this day in 1947

15 Oct 2015 admin In G+ Posts Tags: ,

Originally shared by +Michael Interbartolo

The Right Stuff – Yeager Mach 1

There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. His controls would freeze up, his plane would buffet wildly, and he would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man would ever pass. They called it the sound barrier.

— Ridley in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff

On October 14, 1947, US Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager smashed the sound barrier aided by the Bell X-1, the first of many X-planes to come.
The Bell -X-1 was a joint US Army Air Force And NACA ( National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics – which later became NASA ) supersonic research project. At age 24, Captain Charles “Chuck Yeager, a WWII veteran and test pilot at the Muroc Air Field ( now Edwards Air Base ) broke the sound barrier with his X-1. He named his aircraft “Glamorous Glennis” after his wife Glennis Faye Dickhouse.
The rocket-powered “bullet with wings” was launched from the belly of a modified B-29 Bomber. Yeager reached a top-speed of Mach 1.06 at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 m). It was flight number 50 for the Bell X-1, a flight that was to make Yeager famous. Two nights before the scheduled date for the flight, he broke two ribs while riding a horse. He was so afraid of being removed from the mission that he went to a veterinarian in a nearby town for treatment and told only his wife, as well as friend and fellow project pilot Jack Ridley about it.
The 1948 Collier Trophy was awarded by President Truman to Larry Bell for Bell Aircraft, John Stack for the NACA contributions and Captain Yeager for piloting the flights.



Comments: 9

  1. Genesis Celeste 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    amazing sup picture <3

  2. JETimmons 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    Met him once a few years back. Got my picture taken with him. He was giving a history lesson about himself and WW II on one of his tours. Very funny stories.

  3. Gary Rudd 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    I find it amazing that Orville Wright was still alive when they broke the sound barrier! I wonder what he thought of it!
    Orville Wright
    (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948)

  4. John Rambo 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    If you have not seen the movie "The Right Stuff" check it out. It's about Yeager in the beginning and at the end. The rest is about the Astronauts and the race to space. Classic movie

  5. Barbara Mcdonald 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    +John Rambo The Right Stuff, one of my favorite movies. You're right. Anyone interested in flyings evolution into space should watch it.

  6. Robert McSpadden 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    Seen IN PERSON at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum along with Apollo 11 capsule and the Spirit of St Louis

  7. Aditya Singh 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    Glamorous Glennis ….. wow

  8. kim fountain 15 Oct 2015 Reply

    Glamorous Glennis … wow … 🙂

  9. Tim Coker 17 Nov 2015 Reply

    An American Hero.

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