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Chuck Yeager – Breaking the Sound Barrier

Aircraft, Technology
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:53 am

Question: Do you know how many transistors were in the radio Chuck Yeager used in the Glamorous Glennis X-1 rocket plane when he broke the sound barrier 68 years ago today, on October 14, 1947?

Answer: Zero.  His radio had to use vacuum tubes, because the first working transistor wasn’t demonstrated until November 1947, and the first transistor radio was not produced until 1954.

Yeager

Isn’t it amazing what was accomplished with technology that seems so rudimentary by today’s standards?

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