The Plane that Changed the World: Meet the Bell X-1
The National Interest -

Caleb Larson


The first plane to break the sound barrier.

The X-1, manufactured by Bell Aircraft Corporation was the crowning achievement of post-World War II American aeronautics. It was the first of the X-planes—a series of rocket and jet-powered aircraft that were not intended to be put into production, but rather were used for research purposes. The flight data the X-series gathered was used to improve future airplane designs.

During the 1930s and 1940s, aircraft approaching the...

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