Kit: Eduard 8079
Pilot: Chuck Yeager
Rogers Dry Lake, Southern California
Date: late 14 October 1947
History: On October 1947 the Bell XS-1 with tail no. 6062, piloted by USAF Capt. Chuck Yeager, exceeded the speed of sound in history's first supersonic flight. The aircraft reached a speed of 1,127 kilometers (700 miles) per hour, Mach 1.06, at an altitude of 13,000 meters (43,000 feet). Yeager named the airplane "Glamorous Glennis" in tribute to his wife. The X-1 is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.