Sound barrier

August 11, 2008 - 8:56am

“Everybody talks about the weather,” Mark Twain once famously quipped, “but nobody ever does anything about it.”

October 11, 2007 - 6:51am

For aviation, the spirit of the 1950s could be said to have begun with Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the “sound barrier” in Glamorous Glennis, a rocket-powered Bell X-1, on Oct. 14, 1947. The World War that had dominated the first half of the 1940s was receding in memory, and mankind’s focus on ascending from the rubble was illustrated clearly by the advances in aviation.

 
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