Who is chuck yeager? (OT)

Mark Brownell gizmotron at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 3 18:12:07 EDT 2004

On Friday, September 3, 2004, at 11:22 AM, Eric Engle wrote:
> However Hans Guido Mutke did break the speed of sound and survived to 
> tell the
> tale.
> Here http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schallmauer

"Hans Guido Mutke claimed to have broken the sound barrier before 
Yeager, on April 9, 1945 in a Messerschmitt Me 262. However, this claim 
is disputed by most experts and lacks a scientific foundation."

Interesting. The only way they could have done that is by diving the 
plane. The jet engines where tested at length after the war and the Me 
262 never had the power to drag ratio to reach the speed of sound. The 
plane also did not have a proper elevator control for supersonic 
flight. This was also a problem with the first Russian Migs.

Now mention the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket fighter and you are talking 
about the ride of the century.


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