On October 14, 1947, Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager burst through the sound barrier in his Bell X-1 rocket plane by flying faster than Mach 1.0. For the first time, here is the heroic story of the teamwork behind the explosive dawn of the jet age--told by the men who made it happen. 25 color & 100 b&w photos.
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An American Library Association 'Best Book' selection for 1998 and 1999. For the first time, Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover, Bob Cardenas and Jack Russell tell the riveting and personal story of the teamwork behind the breaking of the mythical sound barrier (Mach 1). Yeager, known as the greatest test pilot who ever lived, risked everything by piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane into the unknown region of hypersonic flight. Assisted by his backup and chase pilot Bob Hoover, B-29 mothership and launch pilot Bob Cardenas, and X-1 crew chief Jack Russell, it is a story of technical brilliance, teamwork and heroism. Also featured is an extensive chapter on Aviatrix Pancho Barnes and her Happy Bottom Riding Club. Pancho promised a free steak to the first man to break the sound barrier and Yeager collected that steak on October 14, 1947. The book features over 125 photos, many are rare, color photos that have never been published before. It is a must have book for every school, college and public library and for every pilot and aviation history enthusiast.