Friday, October 14, 2011

Reaction Motors Tech Broke Speed Barrier 64 Years Ago

P-51D-20NA Glamorous Glen III, is the aircraft...Image via Wikipedia64 years ago today, on October 14th 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Glamorous Glennis, a Bell X-1 aircraft named for his wife.

What few know is that the Glennis was powered by technology developed in Pequannock New Jersey's Reaction Motors facilities, which are now a medical building adjacent to Foothills Park.

Reaction Motors moved their facilities to a more suitable industrial location soon after the development of the X-1 engine, though the sonic damage to nearby homes and windows in Pequannock was tolerated for some time in support of the war effort.

In 2010, a historic marker was dedicated along West Parkway in Pequannock to preserve the memory of this incredible technological achievement.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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