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Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier flying the X-1 at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m)over the Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert.

On the ground, no one had ever heard a sonic boom before. It rattled the photographs of the pilots who had died facing the demon and it was assumed that Yeager had exploded and there would be another funeral for another forgotten test pilot. It took a few moments for everyone to realize the sound barrier had finally been broken and the space age had arrived for mankind.

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