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Old October 24th, 2014 #231
Ray Allan
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Ray Allan

Great videos, Cale. Hanna Reitsch was the greatest female aviator, not Amelia Earhart. I've always speculated that if Germany won the war, either her or Heini Dittmar could have been the first human to break the sound barrier instead of Chuck Yeager. I think it would have been possible to tweak the Me 163 to do this with either a more powerful rocket or increase the wing sweep slightly and with an air drop at high altitude before engine ignition. Also, if Eugen Sanger's Amerika-Bomber was built, it's possible the Germans could have reached space long before the US X-15 was built (the unmanned V-2 rocket climbed to 60 miles) or Yuri Gagarin's flight.