Whenever I decide to hop up on the aviation and aerospace soapbox, ready to tell everyone how they can both save the world, I normally start with the following.

A human being traveled faster than the speed of sound, in an aircraft, less than 50 years after the aircraft was invented.

Wright Bros. first flight:  December 17, 1903.

Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier:  October 14, 1947.

To restate that more precisely, it took us just under 44 years to go from wood, cloth, pipe and wire all together moving at a brisk 6.8mph at an approximate altitude of 10 feet AGL … to exotic steel alloys rocketing along through the upper atmosphere more than hundred times faster (700mph).

That will never cease to amaze me.

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