October 14 1947 CE – Chuck Yeager Pilots the Bell X-1 Beyond the Speed of Sound

October 14 1947 CE – Chuck Yeager Pilots the Bell X-1 Beyond the Speed of SoundRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Three years after development of the Bell X-1 began, test pilot Chuck Yeager strapped into the seat for a date with history. Dropped from the belly of a B-29 Superfortress on October 14, 1947, the rocket-powered X-1 became the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in level flight, reaching 807.2mph over the skies of Southern California before returning safely to earth. The idea to create a supersonic craft first came up during the latter stages of World War II. Two interested agencies, the United States Army Air […]