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Supersonic fliers: Captain Chuck Yeager (L) in 1948, with fellow pilots Gus Lindquist (C), and James Fitzgerald (R), who were also among the first to fly faster than sound.
Supersonic fliers: Captain Chuck Yeager (L) in 1948, with fellow pilots Gus Lindquist (C), and James Fitzgerald (R), who were also among the first to fly faster than sound.
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