Originally Posted by Marcus Unrealious
Major George Welch (USAF) was the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Welch was the chief test pilot of the F-86 and completed the flight at Muroc AFB, California on October 1st, 1949. He went supersonic a second time on October 14th, about thirty minutes before Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 through the sound barrier. Yeager got credit for it because the capabilities of the F-86 were kept classified until just recently.
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Welch, along with Ken Taylor, was nominated for the MoH at Pearl Harbor for shooting down three Japanese planes. They were awarded the DSC instead because they were not at their post when the attack began. Welch died test-piloting an F-100.