Supersonic Sunday

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Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Jason W. Edwards

Sure, Felix Baumgartner plunged more than 24 miles to Earth on Sunday, becoming the first human ever to break the sound barrier outside an aircraft or spacecraft. But Chuck Yeager went supersonic Sunday, too. The retired Air Force brigadier general, 89, broke the sound barrier 65 years to the day after he became the first man ever to fly so fast. It happened Oct. 14, 1947, aboard the Bell X-1. Sunday, at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base, he did it in the back seat of an F-15 with Captain David Vincent up front. To match Yeager's feat, Baumgartner'll have to break the sound barrier – again -- when he's 98.

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