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Supersonic flight, rocket planes and the edge of space
After world war II, the world became very interested in super sonic flight, and high altitude research. Along with a side trip to how jet engines work, we take a look at rocket planes—the first manned vehicles to reach the edge of space.
As a side note, have a link to a short article about the MIT icon drive powered plane.
MIT engineers fly first-ever plane with no moving parts
Here’s more information about the pulse jet engine.
The Past and Future of the Pulse Jet
Here’s a bit about the v-1 flying bomb.
Here’s a link to a page about different types of engines.
Here’s an article about the sound barrier.
What happens when an aircraft breaks the sound barrier?
Here’s a video about on going efforts to make sonic booms a bit quieter!
Breaking the sound barrier, quietly
Here are a couple of videos about the Gloster Meteor—the English world war II fighter plane.
The Worlds Only Airworthy Gloster Meteor
The Last Ever Flight For This Gloster Meteor
Here is a video about the Messerschmitt Me 262—Germany’s world war II jet fighter.
Inside The Cockpit – Messerschmitt Me 262
Here’s a vintage video about the Messerschmitt Me 163 Comet—the world’s first rocket powered fighter plane.
ME-163 KOMET GERMAN ROCKET POWERED FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Here’s a sight about the b-52.
Here are a couple of videos about the X-15 rocket plane.
The Fastest X-Plane – Mach 7 North American X-15
Here’s a vintage video about the Bell x-1—the rocket plane that first broke the sound barrier.
And here’s an article about the X-1, and the challenges of lifting it to it’s launch altitude with a modified b-29.