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Speed Of Sound Gallery

Available as Framed Photos, Canvas Prints, Wall Art and Gift Items

Choose from 25 pictures in our Speed Of Sound collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Photos, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


Bell X-1 in flight, the first supersonic aircraft Featured Print

Bell X-1 in flight, the first supersonic aircraft

First supersonic aircraft. Bell X-1 aircraft used by Charles "Chuck" Yeager to fly faster than sound on 14 October 1947. The X-1 was carried into the air under a converted B-29 bomber, and released at 6800 metres altitude over Muroc, California, USA. The X-1 was powered by a four-chamber XLR-11 rocket engine that generated 26.5 kilonewtons of thrust. This pushed the aircraft to a speed of 1078 kilometres per hour at an altitude of 12, 800 metres - equivalent to 1.015 times the speed of sound. Yeager unofficially named the aircraft "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife. It is now displayed in a museum in Washington DC, USA

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Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft Featured Print

Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft

Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born February 13, 1923) English pronunciation: is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. He was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring as a brigadier general, Yeager was promoted to major general on the Air Force's retired list 20 years later for his military achievements.His career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving as an aircraft mechanic, in September 1942 he entered enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer) and became a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. After the war he became a test pilot of many kinds of aircraft and rocket planes. Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 13, 700 m (45, 000 ft). Although Scott Crossfield was the first man to fly faster than Mach 2 in 1953, Yeager shortly thereafter set a new record of Mach 2.44. He later commanded fighter squadrons and wings in Germany and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and in recognition of the outstanding performance ratings of those units he then was promoted to brigadier general. Yeager's flying career spans more than sixty years and has taken him to every corner of the globe, including the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War

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