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Did you know sonic booms came with visuals?

Holy Cow. I learned something new today! When a plane breaks the sound barrier, it makes a visual boom.

Look at these:

I gotta tell you, those pics make the warmonger in me want to dance and shout!

And this was news to me as well:

Chuck Yeager piloted the first manned aircraft to break the speed of sound in an experimental research rocket plane called the Bell-1. The first production plane to break the sound barrier was piloted by a woman named Jackie Cochran in an F-86 Canadair Sabre in 1953. Yeager was her wingman and a lifelong friend. She was a fascinating woman, and apart from being the first to break the sound barrier was also the first woman to land and take off from an aircraft carrier, the first woman to reach Mach 2, the first woman to pilot a bomber across the North Atlantic (in 1941), the first pilot to make blind (instrument) landing, the only woman to ever be President of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (1958–1961), the first woman to fly a fixed-wing, jet aircraft across the Atlantic, the first pilot to fly above 20,000 feet with an oxygen mask, and the first woman to enter the Bendix Transcontinental Race. She still holds more distance and speed records than any pilot living or dead, male or female, and remember most of this was done at a time when women were considered incapable of doing the things men did.

Now did you know all that?

And there’s more at this too cool link.

And a quick tip of the hat to Ace: the coolest little Ewok on the planet.

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I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay. Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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  1. The visuals are awesome to look at, but I still like the sound of power from an old Pratt & Whitney R-2800 or a Rolls Merlin.

    Back to the OP now, can you imagine the conversations held in her bar? Man, to be an aviator in those days…

    • She would have been welcomed in any aviator stud club in the world and I’d never even heard of her.

      What a remarkable woman! And how pathetic is my education?

      You know this whole subject kind of makes me sad. My body simply won’t allow me to do what my heart desires. I suffer from motion sickness, and I mean suffer. When I was a child, I got sick on the merry go round and swings.

      When I take the kids to the amusement parks, I can ride a roller coaster exactly one time and then I have to sit quietly for a few hours to let the foam in my ear canals settle back down.

      The sickest I’ve ever been in my life was parasailing off the coast of Florida. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen except for all the dribbling I was doing.

      I would give anything for a chance to ride one of those jets. Anything. I don’t even dare to dream of flying one of them, but if I ever passed riding, that would be my next desire. But it will never happen. There’s just not enough Dramamine in the world to keep my head and my stomach in concert in something rolling around in the big blue sky. Sad face. 🙁

  1. The visuals are awesome to look at, but I still like the sound of power from an old Pratt & Whitney R-2800 or a Rolls Merlin.

    Back to the OP now, can you imagine the conversations held in her bar? Man, to be an aviator in those days…

    • She would have been welcomed in any aviator stud club in the world and I’d never even heard of her.

      What a remarkable woman! And how pathetic is my education?

      You know this whole subject kind of makes me sad. My body simply won’t allow me to do what my heart desires. I suffer from motion sickness, and I mean suffer. When I was a child, I got sick on the merry go round and swings.

      When I take the kids to the amusement parks, I can ride a roller coaster exactly one time and then I have to sit quietly for a few hours to let the foam in my ear canals settle back down.

      The sickest I’ve ever been in my life was parasailing off the coast of Florida. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen except for all the dribbling I was doing.

      I would give anything for a chance to ride one of those jets. Anything. I don’t even dare to dream of flying one of them, but if I ever passed riding, that would be my next desire. But it will never happen. There’s just not enough Dramamine in the world to keep my head and my stomach in concert in something rolling around in the big blue sky. Sad face. 🙁

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