U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 14

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14: AVIATION SPEED RECORDS

Profile America — Sunday, October 14th.  Speed was the name of the game on this date in the past, with the setting of two milestone aviation records.  On this date in 1922, Lieutenant Lester Maitland flew a Curtiss Pursuit plane just over 216 miles an hour — the first to fly faster than 200.  Exactly 25 years later, Air Force Major Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound for the first time, reaching 700 miles an hour.  Today, the X-1 is one of the premier exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum on the mall at Washington, D.C.  The museum is visited by many of the nearly 2 million oversees tourists who come to the city annually.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 507
               Kane's Famous First Facts, 1448, 1468
               Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1261

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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