THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Lt. Colonel Frank “Pete” Everest Achieves First Supersonic Flight of the X-2 Plane 65 Years Ago
By Space Coast Daily // April 26, 2021
April 26, 1956
In April 1956, Lt. Colonel Frank “Pete” Everest made the first supersonic flight of the X-2 plane, reaching a speed of Mach 1.4 and an altitude of 50,000 ft (15.24 km).
In July of the same year, he reached Mach 2.87 at 68,000 ft (20.73 km), earning him the title “Fastest Man Alive.”
He entered United States Army Air Forces aviation cadet pilot training on November 11, 1941, graduated and received a commission on July 3, 1942. Among his classmates in Class 42-F was future ETO ace Robert S. Johnson. After Curtiss P-40 aircraft training, he was sent to North Africa and flew 94 combat missions in Africa, Sicily and Italy with the 314th Fighter Squadron, 324th Fighter Group
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