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70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:43 pm

Today marks 70 years since the first manned supersonic flight, flown by Chuck Yeager in the purpose-built Bell X-1.




It is amazing to think that supersonic flight has been around for 70 of the 114 years of manned flight!

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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:51 pm

It sure is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
 
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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:17 am

And amazingly, Chuck Yeager is still around to celebrate this 70th anniversary of the first supersonic flight.
 
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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks for reminding us of this special event.
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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:20 pm

Long live General Yeager! 94 years old and still kicking strong.

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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:06 pm

There have been some assertions that George Welch was actually the first to successfully fly at supersonic speeds. There’s even a book about it. The XF-86 was capable of supersonic flight before the X-1 flew its famous mission.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Welch_(pilot)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Welch_(pilot)

I personally hold Bob Hoover in much higher regard, but in the end it doesn’t really matter.

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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:57 pm

Slcpilot wrote:
There have been some assertions that George Welch was actually the first to successfully fly at supersonic speeds. There’s even a book about it. The XF-86 was capable of supersonic flight before the X-1 flew its famous mission.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Welch_(pilot)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Welch_(pilot)

I personally hold Bob Hoover in much higher regard, but in the end it doesn’t really matter.

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ME163 and ME262 in a shallow dive are said to have gone supersonic too though without official recognition.

The _XP_-86 borrowed a lot from Messerschmitt's basic 262 and also a high speed variant of the 262.
( While the X-1 continued some British work ? )
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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:29 pm

Chuck Yeager also had a small part in the film The Right Stuff. Which had the X-1 test flight when it broke the sound barrier, all be it with someone else playing Chuck Yeager.
 
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Re: 70 Years Ago - 14 October 1947 - First Manned Supersonic Flight - Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager

Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:46 am

bombayduck wrote:
Chuck Yeager also had a small part in the film The Right Stuff. Which had the X-1 test flight when it broke the sound barrier, all be it with someone else playing Chuck Yeager.

Yeager was a parttime consultant when recording The Right Stuff. One day they needed a silent old man as a bar tender at Pancho's Bar (or The Happy Bottom Riding Club) where the Muroc Field (later Edwards AFB) test pilots used to hang out. So his face can be seen behind the bar desk for a few seconds in the movie.

At that time (1983) he was 60 and much too old to play "himself", a 24 years old test pilot, in the movie.
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