There are some things in life that are extremely fast. Then there are those that are really fast, like supersonic speed fast. Supersonic speed is the speed at which an object’s rate of travel “exceeds”, or travels faster than, the speed of sound. This is what is generally considered to be Mach 1 speed. Aviation research during World War II led to the creation of the first rocket- and jet-powered aircraft. The first recognized flight exceeding the speed of sound by a manned aircraft in controlled level flight was performed on October 14, 1947 by the experimental Bell X-1 research rocket plane.
Since then, incredibly amazing technological advances on materials, aerodynamics, and design achieved primarily by military research has resulted on modern fighter jets capable of flying at higher Mach speeds, up to three times higher than Mach 1. One would think that even thinking of ejecting at such exceedingly fast speeds would be unthinkable. This video from the Discovery Channel looks at such effects in the aftermath of ejecting at supersonic speed. Exceedingly interesting.
Would you risk ejecting at supersonic speed if you knew your jet is going to crash? Sound off and share your opinions and comments in the section below.