Technology

Supersonic aircraft

Technology

Supersonic aircraft

For many aviation enthusiasts, the peak of jet age possibilities was reached with supersonic flight. The sound barrier was first broken in 1947 by the American experimental aircraft, the Bell X-1. This was powered by a rocket-based engine using liquid oxygen and ethyl alcohol. Concorde is the most well known supersonic aircraft. It was a joint development aircraft between the UK and France and was launched in 1976.

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