Bell X-1A rocket-powered aircraft signed by Chuck Yeager and Arthur Murray

  • Bell X-1A rocket-powered Aircraft Signed by Chuck Yeager and Arthur W. Murray.

Bell X-1A rocket-powered Aircraft Signed by Chuck Yeager and Arthur W. Murray.

Item Number: 51022

Printed illustration of the Bell X-1A rocket-powered aircraft. Signed in a contemporary hand by “Chuck Yeager Maj. USAF.” Additionally Signed by “Arthur Murray Major USAF.” Triple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17.5 inches. A very nice piece of avionic history.

The Bell X-1 was a rocket engine-powered aircraft, designated originally as the XS-1, and was a joint National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics-U.S. Army Air Forces-U.S. Air Force supersonic research project built by Bell Aircraft. Conceived during 1944 and designed and built in 1945, it achieved a speed of nearly 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h; 870 kn) in 1948. A derivative of this same design, the Bell X-1A, having greater fuel capacity and hence longer rocket burning time, exceeded 1,600 miles per hour (2,600 km/h; 1,400 kn) in 1954.[1] The X-1, piloted by Chuck Yeager, was the first manned airplane to exceed the speed of sound in level flight and was the first of the X-planes, a series of American experimental rocket planes (and non-rocket planes) designated for testing of new technologies and often kept secret. Arthur W. Murray flew test flights on the Bell X-1 and the Bell X-5 aircraft.