Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chuck Yeager, OLS Hero

Sixty-six years ago this past Monday, Chuck Yeager became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound when he took the Bell X-1 into the record books and, simultaneously, made Edwards Air Force Base the most important base in Air Force history.  Yeager's story is chronicled, of course, in the OLS Hero-Approved movie, "The Right Stuff" (if you want to see heroism portrayed, watch this movie.  The book is great, also).  Here is a slice of an article that was written in 2007 on the 60th Anniversary of his epic flight:
Each of the previous flights demonstrated incremental speed increases as the aircraft neared the theoretical threshold known as the sound barrier. No aircraft had ever flown faster than the speed of sound, and it certainly wasn't in the cards on that October morning. The goal of Yeager's test flight was to achieve Mach .97 -- almost 20 mph slower than sound wave velocity.

However, Yeager exceeded the mission goal by accelerating the X-1 to Mach 1.06, which propelled him and the base into the history books
It's an informative, fun article about a true American hero.