Historic Aircraft: Bell X-1 Breaking the Sound Barrier

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Historic Aircraft: Bell X-1 Breaking the Sound Barrier

November 4, 2014 by  
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Ever since man first took to the skies in powered aircraft, pilots and aviation engineers have sought to overcome challenges and push perceived boundaries as technology developed. One of the much debated challenges back in the early 1940s was whether it was possible for an aircraft to travel fast enough to break the sound barrier. On October 14, 1947, legendary pilot…

Aerodynamicist and Inventor Leonard Greene

November 20, 2012 by  
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Known primarily for his significant contributions to aviation technology, Leonard Michael Greene (1918-2006) was an American inventor who held over two-hundred patents. Many of Greeneā€™s patents are related to aviation which one of the most noteworthy being his Aircraft Stall Warning device …

Chuck Yeager

February 9, 2009 by  
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Chuck Yeager‘s most recognized achievement is being the first man to break the sound barrier, which he did on October 14, 1947 as a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Much earlier in his career, Yeager flew for the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Shortly after he claimed his first kill, [...]

Supersonic Aircraft Get Quieter

January 28, 2009 by  
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One of the many reasons the concord was grounded was because of the massive amount of noise pollution generated as the aircraft continually broke the sound-barrier. But recent research and development efforts seem to be targeted towards getting supersonic aircraft back in the air on a commercial level. What has changed?

Second Tejas Enjoys Successful Maiden Flight

June 18, 2008 by  
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The Bangalore light combat aircraft (LCA) known as the Tejas not only enjoyed a successful maiden flight when it zipped through the skies over Bangalore on Monday evening, but it managed to become the second Tejas aircraft to break the sound barrier. The supersonic maiden test flight lasted approximately 43 minutes and saw the aircraft reach Mach 1.1 at an altitude of 9.5 km.

Supersonic Jet Market Booming

June 10, 2008 by  
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They may be well beyond the scope of the average businessman, but supersonic business jets are fast becoming hot property. With the ever-increasing demand for fast business jets, the market for small supersonic jets has exploded. Most of the major aircraft companies are gearing up for the demand by developing their own range of small super-fast jets and, despite massive price tags, it would seem consumers are lining up to purchase them.