Friday, June 5, 2009

Chasing Mach 1

In 1947 Chuck Yeager made history. No one knew if a fixed-wing aircraft could fly faster than sound or if a human pilot could survive the experience. This painting depicts the testing of the experimental rocket-powered Bell X-1 fighter plane flown by Chuck Yeager, reaching excessive speeds just seconds before that historical moment, the breaking of the sound barrier attaining Mach 1.