Monday, October 15, 2012

At Age 89, Chuck Yeager AGAIN Breaks Sound Barrier

Chuck Yeager retraces history in the sky, breaking the sound barrier -- again

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:54 AM EDT, Mon October 15, 2012
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Chuck Yeager re-enacts milestone

  • Chuck Yeager was the first test pilot to break the sound barrier
  • In 1947, he flew past Mach 1 after being dropped from a B-29 bomber at 45,000 feet
  • Yeager said he "laid down a pretty good sonic boom" over Edwards Air Force Base
(CNN) -- Chuck Yeager retraced history on Sunday, 65 years to the minute, as the first test pilot to break the sound barrier, taking to the skies once again to fly faster than the speed of sound.

The 89-year-old Yeager broke the sound barrier in a U.S. Air Force F-15 at 10:24 a.m. over the Mojave Desert, the same location where he first flew past Mach 1 on October 14, 1947, the military said in a statement.

Yeager, flying in the F-15 with an Air Force captain, told CNN late Sunday that he hit Mach 1.3 and "laid down a pretty good sonic boom over Edwards" Air Force Base.
Yeager's reenactment of his historic flight came the same day that Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier as a skydiver, jumping from a balloon at the edge of space to make the 23-mile journey.

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