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What plane is faster than the speed of sound?
- Felix (age 15)
Many airplanes can fly faster than the speed of sound in air. The very
first was Bell Aircraft Corporation's X-1 plane, flown at faster than
the speed of sound on October 14, 1947, by Chuck Yeager, who became
famous for this feat. Since then, lots of planes have been built which
can exceed the speed of sound in air. Just about all of the military
fighter craft in the world can travel at supersonic speeds (although
support craft such as cargo planes, tankers, bombers, radar planes and
spy planes, etc. usually go slower).
Commercial and private aircraft almost all go slower than the
speed of sound. One exception to this is the Concorde supersonic
passenger jet, flown by British Airways and Air France. Flying it may
be losing money for those airlines and so I am not sure for how much
longer it will continue operation, but that's the way it stands today.
(published on 10/22/2007)
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