Aviation Nation 2011 - DigitalQuixote
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F-86 Sabre. America's first swept wing fighter jet is Korean War vintage and similar to the Soviet MiG-15. Almost 8,000 F-86s were built in the 40's and 50's. This was probably the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, but the steep dive was 'unofficial' and the plane is ofter referred to as 'trans-sonic.' Chuck Yeager officially broke the sound barrier the first time in the Bell X-1.

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