October 14, 2009
What do you write in your logbook after you’ve just piloted a rocketplane past the “sound barrier” for the first time? If you’re Chuck Yeager, you keep it short: “#1 ok”
That’s the notation (then) Captain Yeager made in the Flight and Engineering Report for Bell XS-1 Ship #1 (serial no. 6062), aka “Glamorous Glennis,” on this day in 1947, right after he’d flown faster than Mach 1 for the first time in recorded history. The flight, over the desert in Muroc, California, lasted just 15 minutes.
Or watch below as Yeager explains (in a 1953 press conference) how it felt to fly supersonic.
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