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Posts tagged sound barrier

September 11, 2009

 

F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet

Faster Than The Speed Of Sound: The Sonic Boom Of Aircraft

In October of 1947, U.S. Air Force Pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly a plane faster than the speed of sound.

May 19, 2008

 

Cracking Whip

A Supersonic Whipper-snapper

Remarkably, when someone cracks a whip they actually make the tip of the whip move faster than the speed of sound. The crack is actually a miniature sonic boom.

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