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The Bell X-1 Rocket Plane

Brave American test pilot Chuck Yeager climbed inside the Bell X-1 Rocket Plane on the 14th of October 1947.  His small but powerful rocket was hooked to the belly of a Boeing B 29 Superfortress that carried him to an altitude of 20,000 feet.   Then as his rocket engine started to fire, the B 29 dropped him like a bomb.  He then ascended to an altitude of 45,000 feet where he proceeded to push his aircraft to a speed of 670 mph, being the first pilot (and plane) to break the sound barrier.

The X-1 was built by Bell Aerosystems and was powered by a Reaction Motors E6000-C4 Thiokol XLR-11 rocket.  It was fueled by a mixture of ethyl alcohol, water, and liquid oxygen.  It had a thrust of 6000 pounds.

Bell Aerosystems also made the strangest, most remarkable aircraft in history:  The Bell Jet Pack.

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