Executive Series Bell X-1 Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-to-ship Bell X-1 mahogany model. This 1/32 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. This model features a wingspan of 10.5 inches and a length of 13.25 inches.
About this Model:
Your model will be delivered exactly as shown in the photographs with the exact same paint scheme. The stand shown in this photograph may vary or change with the model you receive. If you would like to change this model in any other way, please visit our Custom Model section of our website to commission a customized model to be built.
History of the Bell X-1:
The Bell X-1, originally designated as XS-1, was a joint NACA-U.S. (now NASA) Army Air Forces/US Air Force supersonic research project and the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in controlled, level flight. It was the first of the so-called X-planes, an American series of experimental aircraft designated for testing of new technologies and usually kept highly secret. the X-1A (serial 48-1384) was intended to investigate aerodynamic phenomena at speeds above Mach 2 (681 m/s, 2,451 km/h) and altitudes greater than 90,000 feet (27 km), specifically focusing on dynamic stability and air loads. Longer and heavier than the original X-1 with a bubble canopy for better vision, the X-1A was powered by the same Reaction Motors XLR-11 rocket engine. The aircraft first flew, unpowered, on 14 February 1953 at Edwards AFB, with the first powered flight on 21 February. Both flights were piloted by Bell test pilot Jean Ziegler. The aircraft was transferred to NACA in September 1954. Following modifications, including the installation of an ejection seat, the aircraft was lost on August 8, 1955 while being prepared for launch from the RB-50 mother ship. The XS-1 was the first high-speed aircraft built purely for aviation research purposes and was never intended for production.