Jet Breaking Sound Barrier over Water F-14 Tomcat Fighter Plane in Supersonic Low Flyby US Navy Ship
Sonic Boom Jet Fighter Fly By F-14 Tomcat Plane in Supersonic Flight over a US Navy Ship and the Crew watching the Aircraft Breaking the Sound Barrier. The relevant Wikipedia article provides a good summary description of the F-14 -- "The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. The F-14 first flew in December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform. In the 1990s, it added the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system and began performing precision ground-attack missions. The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy's active fleet on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet". Wikipedia also has a good definition of Supersonic speed -- "A rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects traveling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) at sea level, this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph, 667 knots, or 1,235 km/h". The earliest recorded flight that broke the sound barrier took place on October 14, 1947 in an American research project, with the experimental Bell X-1 research rocket plane -- the pilot was Charles "Chuck" Yeager.
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