Maybe you’d think someone is trying to pull a “fast one on you” when you read this title for the first time. Let’s consider some facts for a moment. Supersonic speed is that speed on which the rate of travel of an object “exceeds”, or travel faster than, the speed of sound. This is what’s generally considered to be Mach 1 speed. Since air temperature and composition varies significantly with altitude, “Mach” numbers may change despite a constant travel speed. For instance, in water at room temperature supersonic speed can be considered as any speed greater than 1,440 m/s (4,724 ft/s). Again, that’s one thousand four hundred and forty meters per second!
I don’t know about you, but that sounds extremely fast even for the “Flash”. Or maybe not for the Flash or Superman, but impossible for “mere” humans. So when someone says that a man was able to go faster than the speed of sound, I’d be more than skeptical. Nonetheless, the proof is in the pudding. This is the video of someone who was in position to go faster than the speed of sound without a plane, in 1960. A truly remarkable accomplishment without a doubt.
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