On This Date

On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person ever to pilot a jet faster than the speed of sound. Flying in the Bell X-1 jet, Yeager traveled at speeds near 800 miles per hour in the airspace over Victorville, Calif.


After returning from World War II, Yeager had entered a test pilot school. He was selected from among 125 pilots to take the Bell X-1 on this important flight.

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