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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Caitlin Schneider
U.S. Air Force // Public Domain
U.S. Air Force // Public Domain / U.S. Air Force // Public Domain
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Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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