The Right Stuff Rides Again! Celebrating his historic 1947 flight in which he became the first man to break the sound barrier, 89-year-old General Chuck Yeager re-created the flight Sunday – exactly 65 years to the day – in an F-15D out of Nellis Air Force Base in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Read the details here in the Air Force Times: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/10/ap-chuck-yeager-re-enacts-historic-sound-barrier-flight-101412/
Yeager said he would have done the flight out of Edwards Air Force Base near Rosamond, Calif., where he achieved his supersonic feat originally, but they didn’t have F-15s handy there. So he quickly buzzed over from Vegas which, at more than 786 m.p.h., would only take about 12 minutes!
Sort of ironic Gen. Yeager’s feat also occurred on the day a daredevil parachutist, Felix Baumgartner, jumped from 24 miles up over Roswell, New Mexico, and became the first man freefalling faster than the speed of sound.
October 14, 2012