Recently I noted the fiftieth anniversary of the Sputnik launch. It seems I have missed by a few days another notable anniversary – the sixtieth anniversary of USAF Capt. Charles “Chuck” Yeager’s October 14, 1947 flight in which he became the first pilot to break the speed of sound. His plane, the Bell X-1, was named Glamorous Glennis (after his wife), and it can be found today in the Milestones of Flight gallery at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on the Mall, in Washington, D.C.
[Via the Washington Post]