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Bell X-1E "Test Flight"

By: Dragon Models

Type: Minis Box Set

Product Line: Dragon Wings - X-Planes Series (1:144)

2 figures

Last Stocked on 4/20/2020

Product Info

Title
Bell X-1E "Test Flight"
Publisher
Publish Year
2016
MFG. Part #
DRW51029
Type
Minis Box Set
Age Range
14 Years and Up

Description

The famous Bell X-1 was the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in level flight. Its development started in 1945, and it was inspired by the shape of a Browning .50-cal machine gun round. Indeed, the Bell X-1 was essentially a bullet with wings, propelled by a four-chamber rocket engine. The first supersonic test flight occurred on 14 October 1947. After two Bell X-1 craft were destroyed by separate explosions in 1951, X-1E (with serial number 46-063) was reconstructed from X-1-2. Major modifications specific to the X-1E were a turbopump fuel feed system, a super-thin wing and a “knife-edge” cockpit windscreen. The X-1E performed its maiden flight on 15 December 1955 with test pilot Joe Walker at the controls. By the time the craft completed its 26th and final flight it had attained a top speed of Mach 2.21, which equates to 2,704km/h!

Features:

  • Fully detailed 1/144 Bell X-1E
  • Two complete X-1 replicas: one regular depiction and the other with transparent fuselage showing the experimental plane's internal configuration
  • Stylish metal stand included
  • Accurate engraved panel lines
  • Historically accurate markings
  • Pre-assembled
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