Highlights of the Aerospace Age shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as “Fastest Man on Earth”.
John Paul Stapp, M.D., Ph.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.) (11 July 1910 – 13 November 1999) was a career U.S. Air Force officer, USAF flight surgeon and pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans.
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