- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 16, 2003
The test pilots who made history recall one of the great challenges of aviation.
They were trying to do what no one had ever done before, to surpass a barrier that many experts had felt was impenetrable not long before. They were test pilots, and they were risking their lives BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER.
On October 10th, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound, opening up a new era in aviation. But his historic feat was made possible by the daring and courage of a number of other pilots whose names have been largely forgotten. Through extensive footage, in-depth explanations of the challenges and the recollections of the pilots, fabricators and engineers involved, MODERN MARVELS® tells the incredible story of the effort to fly faster than sound. See how Bell Aircraft developed the tiny X-1 aircraft, which required its pilots to accept extraordinary risks in the name of speed, and find out how Yeager relied on a broom handle to make his famous flight possible!
From the labs to the skies, trace the ambitious and important effort that propelled aviation into the future.