Synopsis by Leslie Birdwell
This video is volume three of the Air & Space Smithsonian series, Dreams of Flight. Scientists and test pilots worked together to develop aircraft like the X-1: something that would break the barrier of sound, traveling fast enough to pave the way for space travel and moon walks, and capturing the imagination of all humankind. The video includes footage of experimental aircraft and experimental flights and interviews with jet age pioneers Chuck Yeager and Pete Knight. There are also interviews with Mercury astronauts Alan Sheppard, John Glenn, and footage of the late Gus Grisom, and Apollo mission astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
aircraft, experiment, flight, jet, pilot, pioneer, sound-barrier