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Reply #99: The sound barrier was not believed to be unbreakable. [View All]

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GreenStormCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 06:23 PM
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99. The sound barrier was not believed to be unbreakable.
After all, bullets travelled faster than sound. The problem was an engineering one of not spending too much time accelarating through the transonic region. Jet propulsion of the time took a plane to near sonic speed and the buffeting waves began to shake the plane to pieces. Finally enough thrust was developed, and stronger planes, so that the transonic region wasn't a huge problem.

It was never a law of physics problem, only and engineering one.

The speed of light is a law of physics problem.
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