“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.” - Chuck Yeager, United States Air Force Officer & Record-Setting Test Pilot
For decades it was presumed that no human could ever fly faster than the speed of sound — Chuck Yeager proved this theory wrong 72 years ago today, piloting his X-1 rocket plane titled the “Glamorous Glennis” over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California and breaking the sound barrier. After serving in the United States Air Force during World War II, Yeager volunteered to participate in a military program testing the possibilities of supersonic flight. On October 14, 1947, Yeager made history as he rocketed his plane to 40,000 feet and reached speeds exceeding 662 miles per hour, the sound barrier at that altitude. In 1973, Yeager was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and two years later he retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of brigadier general.