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