"No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done": Chuck Yeager Signed Bell X-5 Experimental Research Plane
Chuck Yeager Signed Bell X-5 Experimental Research Plane.
Item Number: 103598
Display model of the Bell X-5 experimental research plane, boldly signed by pilot Chuck Yeager. The piece measures 8.5 inches in height, 13 inches in height and 8.5 inches in width. In fine condition.
General Charles E. "Chuck Yeager logged over 10,000 hours in over 330 different types of aircraft including foreign and experimental rocket aircraft. In 1947, Yeager, piloting the Bell X-1, broke Mach 1 at Muroc Air Base (now Edwards AFB). Among the many other aircraft Yeager has flown are the F-86, F-100, X-3, X-4, and X-5. The X-5 was designed to investigate the "aerodynamic results, in free flight, of variable degrees of sweepback from 20 degrees to 60 degrees." The flight test was additionally intended to determine whether variable-sweep-wings were of practical use for future fighter design. After the first seventeen flights completed by the Bell Company in 1951, the aircraft was turned over to the Air Force where Yeager conducted his test on the plane.