posted on Mar, 21 2009 @ 10:23 PM
reply to post by NewWorldDisorder
All of the information that I've found is that the XP-86 was the first to break the sound barrier, shortly before Chuck Yeager in the X-1, but do to
political concerns the X-1 is the first official aircraft to break it. The L-133 would have been ages ahead of its time, but it was never built. It
was designed to fly at Mach 0.94 at 50,000 feet. The only portion that was built was the L-1000 engine.
When the L-133 was shown to the military, they told Lockheed to stop wasting their time, and build more P-38s. The military thinking at the time was
still that they would fighting flights of bombers in formation. They wouldn't need any kind of speed, since they would only be going about 400
One of the reasons that the P-80 (the first jet fighter in the US) was built so fast is that it has the same wing as the L-133.
One of the designers on the project was Kelley Johnson. He was the same designer that worked on the U-2, F-104, and SR-71 projects.
[edit on 3/21/2009 by Zaphod58]