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La exploración espacial no hubiera empezado sin dejar atrás antes la barrera del sonido. Antes del 14 de noviembre de 1947 ningún ser humano había sido capaz de volar más rápido que 343 metros por segundo. El encargado de realizar esta proeza fue Chuck Yeager, un piloto de pruebas que había cogido experiencia en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Sin Yeager a bordo del X-1, bautizado como “Glamorous Glennis” en honor a su esposa, las cosas podrían haber sido distintas.

La exploración espacial no hubiera empezado sin dejar atrás antes la barrera del sonido. Antes del 14 de noviembre de 1947 ningún ser humano había sido capaz de volar más rápido que 343 metros por segundo. El encargado de realizar esta proeza fue Chuck Yeager, un piloto de pruebas que había cogido experiencia en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Sin Yeager a bordo del X-1, bautizado como “Glamorous Glennis” en honor a su esposa, las cosas podrían haber sido distintas.

From August to October 1961, Jackie Cochran, a consultant to Northrop Corporation, set a series of speed, distance and altitude records while flying a Northrop T-38A-30-NO Talon supersonic trainer, serial number 60-0551. On the final day of the record series, she set two Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world records, taking the T-38 to altitudes of 55,252.625 feet (16,841 meters) in horizontal flight and reaching a peak altitude of 56,072.835 feet (17,091 meters).

From August to October 1961, Jackie Cochran, a consultant to Northrop Corporation, set a series of speed, distance and altitude records while flying a Northrop T-38A-30-NO Talon supersonic trainer, serial number 60-0551. On the final day of the record series, she set two Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world records, taking the T-38 to altitudes of 55,252.625 feet (16,841 meters) in horizontal flight and reaching a peak altitude of 56,072.835 feet (17,091 meters).

Chuck Yeager with the Bell X-1 just after breaking the sound barrier like a boss.

A day at the office for Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager with the Bell X-1 just after breaking the sound barrier like a boss.

Considered to be the greatest pilot in military history - Chuck Yeager

Considered to be the greatest pilot in military history - Chuck Yeager

Check 6 Aviation Photography Stock Agency | Sample Gallery | Pilots | Pilot giving the thumbs up - by George Hall

Check 6 Aviation Photography Stock Agency | Sample Gallery | Pilots | Pilot giving the thumbs up - by George Hall

Female Pilot of the US Women's Air Force Service, 1943. The women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew military aircraft during non-combat missions throughout the United States' involvement in World War II.

Female Pilot of the US Women's Air Force Service, 1943. The women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew military aircraft during non-combat missions throughout the United States' involvement in World War II.

Second Lieutenant Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager, U.S. Army Air Forces, standing on the wing of his North American Aviation P-51D-5-NA Mustang, 44-13897, Glamorous Glenn II, at Air Station 373, 12 October 1944. (U.S. Air Force)

Second Lieutenant Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager, U.S. Army Air Forces, standing on the wing of his North American Aviation P-51D-5-NA Mustang, 44-13897, Glamorous Glenn II, at Air Station 373, 12 October 1944. (U.S. Air Force)

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