This is a collage featuring a signed model of the Bell X-1 rocket research plane signed by Charles “Chuck” Yeager along the wing. Below the model plane is a photo of Yeager with his historic Bell X-1 and a silver star. All are housed in a custom archival frame.
Known most famously as the first man to break the sound barrier in his Bell X-1 rocket plane, Yeager began his career during WWII with the Army Air Force. He made “ace in a day” after shooting down five enemy planes in a single mission, a coveted title among combat pilots. After his service in the war, Yeager qualified as a test pilot and began the trajectory that would launch him into lasting fame.
Nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis” after Yeager’s beloved wife, the Bell X-1 was built solely for research purposes and provided the Air Force with information that still proves invaluable to studies of supersonic flight. Yeager and his plane broke the sound barrier for the first time on October 14, 1947 reaching a speed of 700 miles per hour. “Glamorous Glennis” was purposefully built for this one task with its rocket engine and shape mimicking a 0.50 caliber machine gun bullet known for stability in supersonic flight. Painted a bright color so it could be seen while mid-flight, the plane has an attractive and sleek appearance with a distinguished purpose. This model serves as a reminder of not just the man who first broke the sound barrier, but the plane that would provide as a basis for all future attempts to reach seemingly insurmountable speeds.
Overall very good condition. The needle nose on the Bell X-1 is missing and there is a small chip in the paint. Otherwise, the plane shows no obvious damage and Yeager’s autograph is clear, dark, and legible. This collage has been framed and matted in a sleek black frame according to archival standards.
Framed dimensions: 22.25” H x 18.5” W x 4.5” D
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