Chuck Yeagar vs the Sound Barrier

Capt. Charles E. Yeager is in the cockpit of the Bell X-1 supersonic research aircraft. He became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight on October 14, 1947. (Courtesy photo)

“To close hatch on X-1, hindered by my broken ribs, Ridley sawed off a broomstick, gave me a piece. It worked. Then, I broke the sound barrier.”

Megan Crouse writesOn this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager and the X-1 aircraft broke the sound barrier, marking the first time a human flew faster than the speed of sound.

Along with being the first craft to break the sound barrier, the X-1 was one of the first research aircraft ever used by the military. It was built by Bell Aircraft Corporation and used by the Army and the NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, now NASA.) The thin wings and XLR-11 rocket engine propelled it to Mach 1….(read more)

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The Bell X-1 displayed in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Image credit: Ad Meskens

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[VIDEO] Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump Free Fall Video Will Give You Vertigo

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Watch the daredevil’s free-fall to Earth through his eyes

For TIME.com reports, The high-flying Felix Baumgartner is still one of the coolest daredevils of all time, and here’s the video that proves it.

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Live Video: Trippin’ from the edge of space

Live Video: The leap from the edge of space

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