Experimental Flight Research

Fifty years ago this month, the Bell X-1 aircraft flew it's first glide test over Muroc, California. The following year, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X-1. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll look back at Yeager's feat, the half-century of flight research that followed, and the aircraft of the future. Guests: Chuck Yeager Retired Brigadier General United States Air Force Cedar Ridge, California Rogers Smith Chief Pilot NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, California J.D. Dill Hunley Historian NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, California Listeners call in

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