Flying Faster Than The Speed of Sound


It’s been 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in an aircraft on October 14, 1947. It’s been 14 years since the Concorde made its final flight on October 24, 2003. NASA recently announced the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator aircraft that could bring supersonic travel back to the public. Slated for flight tests in the 2020’s, the design has been tested extensively in wind tunnels & computer simulations. NASA’s Ames Research Center conducted many of the studies to reduce the sonic “boom” to a sonic “thump”. Ames has a legacy of testing aircraft at supersonic speeds that began even before 1947. Ames research could play a key role in making supersonic flights a reality for the traveling public.