Speed of Sound: Coldplay

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  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    At sea level Mach 1 is 761.2 mph or 667 knots.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I remember The Right Stuff and how Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. They all thought it was his plane blowing up.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Yes, no one had ever heard a sonic boom until the Bell X1 did it with Yeager at the controls. During the 1950s at the height of the Cold War the Air Force was testing super sonic aircraft at Tinker AFB near Oklahoma City. An irate citizen wrote a letter to the newspaper complaining about the noise of those aircraft breaking the sound barrier. He continued by asking why the Air Force keeps breaking the sound barrier instead of just taking it down. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I laughed out loud. It still astonishes me at how dumb some people are.

        I went to look at the history of Tinker AFB and found this: on 29 September 1957, Buddy Holly and The Crickets recorded An Empty Cup, Rock Me My Baby, You’ve Got Love, and Maybe Baby in the Tinker Air Force Base Officer’s Club.


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