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On December 17, 1979, Hollywood stuntman Stan Barrett blasts across a dry lakebed at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in a rocket- and missile-powered car, becoming the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land. He did not set an official record, however. The radar scanner was acting up, and so Barrett’s top speed–739.666 miles per hour by the most reliable measure–was only an estimate. Also, he only drove his rocket car across the lakebed once, not twice as official record guidelines require. And, none of the spectators heard a sonic boom as Barrett zoomed across the course.

Barrett was a 36-year-old stuntman and ex-lightweight Golden Glove champ who had been introduced to auto racing by Paul Newman in 1971. (He was the actor’s stunt double for the film “Sometimes a Great Notion.”) Barrett’s car, the $800,000 Budweiser Rocket, was owned by the movie director Hal Needham, a former racer himself who had broken a nine-year-old world land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats the previous September. The car had a 48,000-horsepower rocket engine and, to give it a little extra kick, a 12,000-horsepower Sidewinder missile.

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December 17 was a dry day with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to break the sound barrier under those conditions, Barrett had to go faster than 731.9 miles per hour. He started the rocket engine and stepped on the gas; then, after counting to 12, he pushed a button on his steering wheel to fire the Sidewinder so he could go even faster. After he zoomed past a battery of timing devices, Barrett deployed a parachute to help him slow down. In all, it took only a handful of seconds for Barrett to blast across the 5 3/4-mile lakebed.

Unfortunately, the radar speedometers on the ground malfunctioned: Instead of the Rocket’s speed, they measured the speed of a passing truck (38 miles per hour). The final speed estimate came from data by the Air Force, whose scanners seemed to indicate that the Rocket had “probably exceeded the speed of sound.”

Controversy over how fast Barrett actually went persists to this day. It took until October 1997 for another driver, in a British car called the Thrust SSC, to officially break the Mach 1 sound barrier.


Stan Barrett - The Greatest Record Never Set

Thirty years ago this month, a Hollywood stuntman with balls the size of celestial objects lit the fuse of his Budweiser rocket car on a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base and blasted off into the greatest controversy in land-speed-racing history. Driver Stan Barrett insists that he broke the sound barrier eighteen years before Andy Green officially managed this feat in the ThrustSSC. But for various reasons, Barrett's one-way run wasn't recognized by the FIA, so it's been relegated to a footnote in the annals of LSR racing.

The record attempt was the brainchild of Smokey and the Bandit director Hal Needham. The car was a three-wheeled, hydrogen-peroxide-powered streamliner built by rocket-car pioneer Bill Fredrick. Needham hired his close friend, Barrett, to drive it, and through Barrett's boon companion, Paul Newman, Budweiser came in as a sponsor. Barrett made nine runs at Bonneville, topping out at 638 mph, at which point the wheels dug into the salt. "That's the first time in fifty years that I've prayed," Newman later told Barrett.

The team needed a better surface and more power, so Needham bought six Sidewinder missiles from the Navy and convinced the Air Force to let him use Edwards AFB. On a frigid, high-desert morning in December, Barrett rocketed off in search of history. After one and a half miles, already doing better than 600 mph, he punched the afterburner - the Sidewinder booster - and felt another 1 g of acceleration. Although no sonic boom was heard, Air Force officials later confirmed that Barrett had smashed the sound barrier.

Most independent observers doubt this claim. But even if this was the greatest record never set, Barrett still deserves credit. "I was fortunate to live through that one," he says. "When you go from 0 to 740 mph in 16.8 seconds, you're hauling the mail."


Hollywood stuntman sings Slavic Gospel Association’s praises

Ukraine (MNN) — Stan Barrett, Hollywood stuntman and the first person to unofficially break the sound barrier on land with a rocket car, is a fan of the Slavic Gospel Association. Barrett, a well-grounded Christian, was first introduced to the ministry many years ago when John MacArthur encouraged Barrett to take a trip to Russia and Ukraine with him and then SGA president, Bob Provost.

One Trip, Lifelong Impact

That trip greatly impacted Barrett’s life. Barrett says during the travels, he got a taste of the reality people were experiencing. It was a catalyst for his involvement with a children’s hospital in Ukraine and also, along with the help of Paul Newman, starting a children’s camp in Belarus.

200 children and teens heard the Gospel at a summer Bible camp, 2015.
(Photo, caption courtesy of SGA)

Fast forward to recent history, and a few weeks ago Barrett traveled with current SGA President Michael Johnson, and a videographer, to Ukraine to do filming and ministry. We’ll be sharing more on the film tomorrow.

But, why has Barrett become so enchanted with this particular ministry?

“The work that Slavic Gospel is doing there, among the churches, and among the people, the orphanages and so on, is just really pretty amazing,” Barret explains.

“I’ve worked with a lot of groups in the last 30 years and I’m so impressed with how they use the resources. And the spiritual effect that it’s had on so many lives over there, I mean it just, it amazes me really.”

Returning to the Former Soviet Union

Barret says he’s made nearly 10 trips back to Ukraine and the surrounding area since that first fateful trip. During his second-to-last trip to the area, Barrett delivered a sonogram machine to the camp he had started. The machine was given by Paul Newman just before he died.

“I try to go back as often as I can and each time I do, I see more need. When I come back, I try to do what I can to raise some money and get some support. Paul Newman was probably the biggest supporter I had, everything I did he would jump in. So, that gap needs to be filled and that’s why we’re doing this video,” Barret shares. “To show what the needs are and so people can really see what’s going on.”

Furthermore, people don’t have money to relocate or leave their war-torn homes. There’s a lot of alcoholism in these areas as well as social orphans. But in the midst of a desperate situation, SGA is coming alongside local churches. By offering support, these churches can reach out to their country people with tangible relief and the hope of Christ.

Admiration for Slavic Gospel Association

“I’ve been to a lot of ministry headquarters. And SGA is not anywhere near the top of the list as far as building is concerned. I mean, it’s adequate and it’s modest, and the people are great,” Barret explains.

Damaged building in Ukraine (Photo courtesy of SGA)

“But, they’re not building a monument to themselves or for themselves, they use the money where it’s needed. And that’s what’s impressed me so much about Slavic Gospel and that’s why I’m so behind them is because I see the waste in other ministries.”

So please, take a chance and get involved with SGA. Start by praying through SGA’s daily prayer calendar. Ask God to reveal how he would have you be involved. You can also tell friends about the ministry’s work, too. Also, become familiar with the various areas of ministry SGA is involved with.

Another way to help is by coming alongside SGA financially. Help the ministry meet the physical needs of the people in Ukraine and the rest of the former Soviet Union.

And finally, pray for open hearts to the Gospel in Ukraine. Ask God to work through the churches SGA supports to share the hope of Christ.


Car Goes Supersonic, but Fails to Set a Record

With a deafening roar and billowing trail of dust, a British jet car today became the first vehicle to officially exceed the speed of sound on land.

The car, called Thrust SSC, for supersonic car, made three high-speed runs across the tan clay floor of the Black Rock Desert, two of them nudging past the speed of sound, known in aviation and racing fields as Mach 1.

The seven-ton black car, driven by Andy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot, and powered by two Rolls-Royce engines generating 100,000 horsepower, blazed across a 13-mile course at 749.687 miles per hour on its first run, just short of the sound barrier. The next two passes, at 764.168 m.p.h. and 760.135 m.p.h., nudged slightly past Mach 1 and were accompanied by the faint thuds of sonic booms as the car went through a mile course marked out for official readings.

But because the last two runs could not be completed within an hour of each other, they were not averaged for an official speed record sanctioned by an international accrediting group. The last two runs missed the deadline by one minute they would have produced a supersonic land speed record of 762 m.p.h.

On Sept. 25, Mr. Green set a land speed record of 714.144 m.p.h. after two runs in the Thrust SSC. The previous record of 633.468 m.p.h. was set by Richard Noble, who heads the SSC team, almost 14 years ago.

''We have a supersonic car,'' Mr. Noble said. ''This is the first independently monitored supersonic mark on the ground.''

Mr. Noble was visibly disappointed when the car, driven by Mr. Green, failed to make the required turnaround time for a supersonic record. ''We lost it by one minute,'' Mr. Noble said. ''Sadly, it is not a record, but it is supersonic.''

Craig Breedlove, the American who has held the land speed record five times and who has been trying to bring it back to the United States with his Spirit of America jet car, visited the site after the first supersonic run to congratulate Mr. Noble.

Mr. Breedlove, who said he had a permit to race at the desert site into November, delayed runs of his car today so that Mr. Noble's team could try for the record.

Mr. Breedlove said the two teams had agreed that the first car to exceed the speed of sound, even without a record, would be considered the supersonic winner. ''This is Richard's day and he deserves the credit,'' Mr. Breedlove said. 'ɻut records are made to be broken. They have raised the bar on us, but we are still out to break the record.''

Mr. Breedlove said he thought his car would exceed 700 m.p.h. during the current season. Because Mr. Noble's group failed to set a record today, members of Mr. Breedlove's team said it remained possible for the Spirit of America to exceed that mark this year.

The breaking of the sound barrier on land came just 50 years and a day after it was broken in the air. On Oct. 14, 1947, Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager pushed the X-1 rocket plane past 700 m.p.h., generating a now-familiar sonic boom.

Mr. Noble, conceded that there may be few practical applications to a supersonic car, unless it helps some of his 230 corporate sponsors improve their products.


Breaking the Sound Barrier

The consensus is that the decade of the '60s was weak, and we're paying for that perceived pressure differential in the '90s. However, there is an exception - a land speed exception. During the '60s a number of hot rodders Mickey Thompson, the Summers Bros, Dr. Nathan Ostich, Walt and Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove, pushed the land speed envelope from just under 400 mph (John Cobb's 394, which he set in 1947) to over 600 mph. The'70s and the early '80s were no weak speed either. Gary Gabelich, Richard Nobel and Stan Barrett moved the mark near, and some people say beyond, the speed of sound - hence the controversy.

It all started back in the mid-'70s when designer/builder Bill Fredrick and owner Hal Needham began working on a two-stage, rocket-powered, tricycle-style streamliner (much like Breedlove's first and ill-fated Spirit of America) to exceed the then-standing mark of 630 mph set in 1970 by Gary Gabelich driving the Institute of Gas Technology's - Blue Flame Fredrick's assault vehicle was a 39-foot-long trike powered by a Romatec V4 hybrid that combined liquid and solid propellants to produce 24,000 pounds of thrust (48,000 horsepower), augmented by a jet-assisted take-off unit (JATO) in the form of a 12,900hp Sidewinder missile. During 1976 both Needham and Kitty O'Neil tested the Budweiser/SMI Motivator - sponsored vehicle in excess of 600 mph on a huge dry lake located in Oregon. Three years later fellow Hollywood stuntman Stan Barrett lit the fuse at Rogers dry lake (aka Muroc/ Edwards Air Force Base) and literally rocketed off the starting line. Some 12 seconds into the run, Barrett punched-in the Sidewinder at 612 mph, which pushed him to a terminal speed of 739.666 mph (or Mach 1.0106), duly recorded by Edwards' state-of-the-art tracking radar and the team's own on-board computer-telemetry equipment.

However, the rub is this: FIA rules state that any land speed attempt must be made under its or an appointed agent's jurisdiction. Furthermore, the attempt must be "two-wayed" within an hour over the same piece of real estate. None of these conditions were met. So the purists, including Craig Breedlove, feel the Fredrick/Needham/Barrett mark is, at best, unofficial. Needham doesn't let these "details" bother him. "We were interested in breaking the sound barrier, not setting an FIA record," Needham says. "We did it, and we can prove we did it no matter what Breedlove or those other guys say. [The Motivator] is in the Smithsonian now, and [that museum] doesn't display bogus cars."

Meanwhile, Craig Breedlove "the first person to officially top the 400-, 500- and 600-mph mark" is trying to be the first to officially go faster than the speed of sound (730 mph at sea level) on five wheels. We say "five wheels" because Speedlove's latest "Spirit of America" rolls on five wheels and resembles a four-ton arrow, or a modern jet fighter sans wings. Unlike Needham's rocketeered trike, Breedlove's 47-foot-long land speed racer is urged by a highly modified J79 GE-8D-11B-17 jet engine capable of producing about as much power as Needham's needle."The problem is accelerating all that weight," states Needham. "My car tipped the scales at around 3700 pounds, including fuel and driver. Moreover, it was rocket powered. It had over 60,000 horsepower "I mean instant acceleration, with no turbines or afterburners to spool up." Breedlove doesn't appear worried about the seeming discrepancy in the power-to-weight ratios. He plans to do the deed on a huge dry lake located in the Black Rock Desert (100-plus miles north of Reno, Nevada) or the Bonneville Salt Flats. Black Rock offers enough room (approximately 13 miles) to allow the 9000-pound lawn dart to reach its maximum speed and slow to a stop.

Needham's 1979 effort brings only scorn. "It was unofficial, uncalibrated and unsanctioned," says Breedlove. "The rocket car represents an achievement in design and driving skill, but it was a nonevent "a travesty to people who work toward the goal of setting goals. It is not considered by me or the teams in England to be anything but unofficial and inconclusive."

Yes, fellow hot rodders, the Brits still have the lust for speed. Englishman Richard Noble, the current land speed record holder (634 mph) is putting the finishing touches on his Thrust Super Sonic Car, an 11-ton monster "thrusted" by a pair of Rolls-Royce jet engines that once powered an F-4 Phantom. Noble is scheduled to share the Black Rock lake bed with Breedlove. And another land speed car "being built by McLaren Advanced Vehicles" is on hold due to a "lack o' moola," the age-old problem that has always plagued land speed racing.

As costly as it is to build and race land speed cars, there seems to be no lack of interest in this esoteric endeavor. Along with Breedlove and Nobel are in-progress attempts by Gary Swenson (American Eagle One, Puyallup, Washington), Rosco McGlashan (Aussie Invader 2, Perth, Australia) and Art Arfons (Green Monster, Akron, Ohio). There are also Wheel-and-Piston-driven attempts to exceed Al Teague's and the Summers Bros' 409-plus-mph marks. Aussie Glen Davis is putting together a twin-engine (turbocharged V12 tank powerplants) 'liner called the Australian Challenge to go after the Summers' multi-engine record. The husband and wife team of Roger Lessman and Lyn St. James are aiming at Al's single-engine mark with a twin-turbocharged, natural gas, 572-inch big-block "Fordified" streamliner.

After it's all said and done, money, time, weather, surface conditions and luck will ultimately end the great land speed controversy, and everyone can agree on that.


Den 17. december 1979 sprænger Hollywood-stuntmanden Stan Barrett over en tør sæbe ved Californiens Edwards Air Force Base i en raket- og missil-drevet bil og bliver den første mand til at rejse hurtigere end lydens hastighed på land. Han satte dog ikke en officiel rekord. Radarscanneren optrådte, og derfor var Barretts hastighed 739.666 miles i timen efter den mest pålidelige måling kun et skøn. Desuden kørte han kun sin raketbil over søen med en sø, ikke to gange, som officielle retningslinjer kræver. Og ingen af ​​tilskuerne hørte en sonisk boom, da Barrett zoomede hen over banen.

Barrett var en 36-årig stuntman og ex-letvægt Golden Glove-mester, der var blevet introduceret til autocracing af Paul Newman i 1971. (Han var skuespillerens stunt dobbelt for filmen "sommetider en stor opfattelse.") Barretts bil, $ 800.000 Budweiser Rocket, ejes af filmregissøren Hal Needham, en tidligere racer, der selv havde brudt en ni år gammel verdens landhastighedsrekord på Bonneville Salt Flats den foregående september. Bilen havde en raketmotor på 48.000 hestekræfter, og for at give den et lille ekstra spark, et Sidewinder-missil på 12.000 hestekræfter.

17. december var en tør dag med temperaturer, der svævede omkring 20 grader Fahrenheit. For at bryde lydbarrieren under disse forhold måtte Barrett gå hurtigere end 731.9 miles i timen. Han startede raketmotoren og trådte på gasen efter at have talt til 12 tryk han på en knap på rattet for at skyde Sidewinderen, så han kunne gå endnu hurtigere. Efter at han zoomede forbi et batteri med tidsindretninger, indsatte Barrett en faldskærm for at hjælpe ham med at bremse. I alt tog det kun en håndfuld sekunder for Barrett at sprænge over den 5 3/4-mil lange søebed.

Desværre fungerede radarhastighedsmålere på jorden: I stedet for rakets hastighed målte de hastigheden på en forbipasserende lastbil (38 miles i timen). Det endelige hastighedsestimat stammede fra data fra Luftforsvaret, hvis scannere så ud til at indikere, at raketten "sandsynligvis havde overskredet lydens hastighed."

Kontroversen om hvor hurtigt Barrett faktisk gik fortsætter til i dag. Det tog indtil oktober 1997 for en anden chauffør, i en britisk bil kaldet Thrust SSC, officielt at bryde Mach 1 lydbarrieren.


Stan Barrett Goes Supersonic: Wake-Up Video

There are some feats that man must accomplish in order to advance the exploration of the universe, help the race evolve or expand the limits of human understanding. That is why we go into space, dive deep into the ocean and created powerful technologies that can let us observe the world's smallest particles or re-create the Big Bang. However, some feats of human accomplishment are simply attempted because they are awesome. Such is the case of Stan Barrett, who on this day in 1979 became the first person to break the sound barrier while traveling on land.

Barrett, a race driver and Hollywood stuntman, got behind the wheel of a three-wheeled rocket powered vehicle in Rogers Dry Lake, California and climbed to a top speed of 739 miles per hour, putting him at Mach 1.01. The stunt was sponsored by Budweiser, and the car was powered by the equivalent of a Sidewinder missile. It was an impressive feat, although Barrett's record has always been called into question, as there was no third party present to record the time. Eyewitness reports also don't include a visible shockwave or a sonic boom, two things universally present when the sound barrier is broken. Still, Barrett was certainly willing to go where no man had gone before. His legacy is in tact, too: His son, Stanton Barrett, is a NASCAR driver and has coordinated stunts for some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time (including the "Spider-Man" films). Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" isn't an homage to Barrett, but it is a fitting anthem for a guy who always felt the need for speed.


Actor Stan Barrett

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Stuntman Stan Barrett breaks the sound barrier - HISTORY

Stanton Barrett is a Director, Hollywood Stuntman, and NASCAR driver. A diverse hybrid talent with nearly 300 film and television credits, and over 230 racing starts, his esteemed career spans both the Entertainment and Professional Racing industries.

Stanton was born in Bishop, California and is the grandson of Dave McCoy, founder of Mammoth Mountain. His mother, Penny McCoy, an accomplished skier, medalled at age 16 in women's slalom at the 1966 World Championships and had numerous wins on the World Cup circuit. His father is stuntman and NASCAR driver Stan Barrett. Stanton counts among his family members: 2 Olympic athletes, 3 stuntmen, and 2 professional race car drivers. He is the apple that did not fall far from this very fruitful family tree.

Stanton’s godfather, mentor, and close friend, Paul Newman, was a strong and steady influence throughout his life until his passing in 2008.

Stanton is the son of legendary stuntman Stan Barrett, who in 1979 was the first man in history to break the speed of sound on land in the Budweiser Rocket Car. Hal Needham, who owned the Budweiser Rocket Car that his father piloted, has been a mentor and close friend to Stanton. Along with his father and Mickey Gilbert, Stanton regards Hal as an influential pillar in his movie career. Stanton and his brother, David, grew up alongside successful second-generation stuntmen/directors like Scotty Waugh - one of the industry’s brightest action directors. Scotty’s father, Fred Waugh, and Stan Barrett became close friends after Stan saved Fred’s life on a film. This close-knit stunt community was also a family, whose children grew up together. As it happened, this stunt family comprised the most famous and well-recognized stuntmen in the industry.

Stanton's dad began teaching him physical skills from the time he was four. He and his brother learned to box, do movie fights, flip on a trampoline, and create their own stunts - crashing bikes and jumping off rooftops. This guided childhood exploration had a purpose and cultivated a promising future for them both. Stanton had his first real film experience at age nine and learned more about directing and film at fifteen when he began working with his dad as a stuntman. It was then that his dad had said to him: "When you're working for me, if you're not in front of the camera, you're going to be behind the camera watching monitors to see how it's done. Learn everything you can - not just about filming, directing, or how actors and stuntmen make it look good, but everything it takes." Stanton took this advice to heart - watching his dad, and mentors Hal Needham and Mickey Gilbert. These three men, in their day, were the best in the business when it came to stunts and directing this hybrid was and still is unique. Their creative minds and engineering skills innovated ways of filming that would rival any contemporary director.

Stanton is known for his spectacular work as a stunt performer with experience that spans his 33-year career. His participation in professional sports including race driving, extreme skiing, snowmobile racing, mountain biking, and motocross has given him the versatility required for stunt work on high-demand sets. Stanton has a very successful professional race car driving career of equal length and credentials. For the last 30 years, he has been a professional NASCAR driver with more than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and over 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his credit. In 2009, he raced 5 IZOD Indy Car Series events along with numerous races in IMSA, 24 Hours of Daytona . Stanton Barrett was best known as one of two independent NASCAR team owners who were also the driver. Being an owner/driver in one of the most prestigious auto racing series in the world takes tremendous dedication, experience, and passion for excellence.

Like Stanton’s other careers, his passion for wine has translated into an endearing endeavor to provide the highest standard, efforts, and achievement in wine making. The mission of Stanton Barrett Family Wines is to present our friends and family with the most excellent product without compromise in any fashion.


Ο Stuntman Stan Barrett σπάει το ηχητικό φράγμα

Στις 17 Δεκεμβρίου 1979, ο σκηνοθέτης του Hollywood Stan Barrett εκτοξεύεται σε μια ξηρή λίμνη στην βάση αεροπορικής δύναμης Edwards της Καλιφόρνιας σε ένα αυτοκίνητο πυραύλων και πυραύλων, καθιστώντας τον πρώτο άνθρωπο να ταξιδεύει πιο γρήγορα από την ταχύτητα του ήχου στην ξηρά. Ωστόσο, δεν έθεσε κανένα επίσημο αρχείο. Ο ανιχνευτής ραντάρ ήταν ενεργός και έτσι η μέγιστη ταχύτητα του Barrett 鬻.666 μίλια την ώρα από το πιο αξιόπιστο μέτρο' ήταν μόνο μια εκτίμηση. Επίσης, οδήγησε μόνο το αυτοκίνητό του με ρουκέτες πέρα ​​από τη λίμνη μια φορά, όχι δύο φορές όπως απαιτούν οι επίσημες οδηγίες εγγραφής. Και, κανείς από τους θεατές δεν ακούσει μια ηχητική έκρηξη καθώς ο Barrett σκοντάψει σε όλη την πορεία.

Ο Barrett ήταν 36χρονος αστυνομικός και πρώην ελαφρύς πρωταθλητής Golden Glove, ο οποίος είχε εισαχθεί στο αγωνιστικό αυτοκίνητο από τον Paul Newman το 1971. Ήταν η διπλή κόμπος του ηθοποιού για την ταινία «Μερικές φορές μια μεγάλη ιδέα». Το αυτοκίνητο του Barrett, το $ 800,000 Budweiser Rocket, ανήκε στον σκηνοθέτη της ταινίας Hal Needham, έναν πρώην αγωνιστή ο οποίος είχε σπάσει έναν εννέα ετών παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ γης για το έδαφος στο Bonneville Salt Flats τον περασμένο Σεπτέμβριο. Το αυτοκίνητο είχε κινητήρα πυραύλων 48.000 ίππων και, για να του δώσει λίγο επιπλέον λάκτισμα, πυραύλων Sidewinder των 12.000 ίππων.

Η 17η Δεκεμβρίου ήταν μια ξηρή ημέρα με θερμοκρασίες που κυμαίνονταν γύρω στους 20 βαθμούς Φαρενάιτ. Για να σπάσει το φράγμα του ήχου κάτω από αυτές τις συνθήκες, ο Barrett έπρεπε να πάει πιο γρήγορα από 731,9 μίλια ανά ώρα. Ξεκίνησε τον πυραυλοκινητήρα και βγήκε στο αέριο. τότε, μετά την καταμέτρηση σε 12, έσπρωξε ένα κουμπί στο τιμόνι του για να πυροβολήσει το Sidewinder ώστε να μπορεί να πάει ακόμα πιο γρήγορα. Αφού έσπευσε να περάσει από μια μπαταρία με διατάξεις χρονισμού, ο Barrett ανέπτυξε ένα αλεξίπτωτο για να τον βοηθήσει να επιβραδύνει. Συνολικά, χρειάστηκε μόνο μια χούφτα δευτερόλεπτα για το Barrett να εκτοξευθεί σε όλη την 5/4 μίλια λίμνη.

Δυστυχώς, τα ταχύμετρα ραντάρ στο έδαφος δυσλειτουργούν: Αντί για την ταχύτητα του Ρόκετ, μέτρησαν την ταχύτητα ενός περαστικού φορτηγού (38 μίλια ανά ώρα). Η τελική εκτίμηση ταχύτητας προήλθε από στοιχεία της Πολεμικής Αεροπορίας, των οποίων οι σαρωτές φαινόταν να δείχνουν ότι ο Πύραυλος «πιθανόν υπερέβη την ταχύτητα του ήχου».

Διαμάχη σχετικά με το πόσο γρήγορα πήγε πραγματικά ο Barrett μέχρι σήμερα. Χρειάστηκε μέχρι τον Οκτώβριο του 1997 για έναν άλλο οδηγό, σε ένα βρετανικό αυτοκίνητο που ονομάζεται Thrust SSC, να σπάσει επίσημα το φράγμα ήχου Mach1.


Watch the video: Mach 1! What is it like to fly faster than the speed of sound? (May 2022).