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Volume 46 | Issue 2 | March 2004

Research Roundup

 
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Lakebed Legacies

March 4, 1948 - NACA research pilot Herbert H. Hoover became the first civilian to break the sound barrier when he flew X-1 (46-063) to Mach 1.029 at 40,000 feet.

March 1, 1956 - X-2 (46-674) was loaded into the belly of EB-50D (46-096) for scenes in the motion picture Toward The Unknown.

March 7, 1961- Maj. Robert M. White became the first human to fly four times the speed of sound when he piloted X-15 (56-6671) to Mach 4.43 (2,905 mph).