Dec. 28th, 2010

stusegal: (Teutonic Highway from Hell)
When I was a kid, there seemed to always be someone breaking some speed record.  Mickey Thompson breaking the wheel-driven record over 400mph, Craig Breedlove in his jet-powered Spirit of America, Donald Campbell in his Bluebird.

The ultimate of course was the X-15.  It went faster than anything - in 1967 it flew at Mach 6.7, that's 4,519 mph (7,273 kph)!  And nothing on land, sea or air has ever gone faster.  (Excluding, of course, rocket launches).

X-15

A simple question 44 yrs after X-15 hit Mach 6.7  -  why have we stopped trying to go faster, faster, faster?

 

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