The Bell X-1 is a rocket plane manufactured by Bell Aircraft and was originally designated as the XS-1. The Bell X-1 was the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in controlled, level flight. It was primarily used by the United States Air Force and NACA (now NASA).
The Bell X-1 took its place in history on October 14, 1947 as the first aircraft to break the " sound barrier " . The recorded speed was Mach 1.015 or 670 mph at an altitude of 42,000 ft. The " plane " was flown by chief test-pilot Chuck Yeager.
The X-1 program became the pattern for all subsequent X-craft projects and it defined and solidified the post-war cooperative union by the NACA in the X-1 tests then provided a basis for American aviation supremacy during the 20th century. The Bell X-1 has a crew of 1. It has a maximum speed of 957 mph (Mach 1.26). The Bell X-1 incorporates 4 Reaction Motors XLR-11-RM3 liquid fuel rocket, with 6,000 lbf each.
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Size: 1/32 Scale - Length 10.5x Width 12.75