…by Anura Guruge
Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager becoming the 1st man to break the Sound Barrier (~800 mph) in 1947.
As it happened, coincidentally, given that bad weather had delayed the jump a few times since last week, it was also the day that Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the 1st person to break the sound barrier OUTSIDE of a vehicle — i.e., he jumped from a balloon with a parachute and a special, pressurized space suit. (See below.)
Around 10:30 pm, most nights, before turning off the TV and heading upstairs for my 3rd shift of work, I typically flip over to CNN to catch their news update. Last night, being a Sunday, it was the ever irrepressible, always giddily enthusiastic Don Lemon as the anchor. So just as I flipped over, he was about to start a phone interview with Chuck Yeager, who was in Las Vegas. Chuck, now 89, had commemorated the 65th anniversary by being in the back seat of a U.S. Air Force F-15 jet that broke the sound barrier that morning — at the same time that Chuck had done so, so many years ago.
So Don, bubbly as ever, goes: “General Yeager, where you at the controls of today’s jet when it broke the Sound Barrier?“
CNN had lost sound!
The CNN sound barrier had been broken.
Don didn’t even crack a joke about it!
Cracked me up. Talk about breaking the Sound Barrier. So graphic. The video shown above was the 2nd TAKE of that interview!