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X-1B - Harness the Horsepower - "Pete" Everest Jr.

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 Product Description

Dimensions: 18" x 16.5"
Signature: Brig. Gen. Frank K. "Pete" Everest Jr.

Plane Type: Bell X-1B

The X-1B was the second in a series of rocket-powered experimental research airplanes designed for investigation of various problems associated with supersonic flight. Specifically, the mission of the X-1B was flight research pertaining to aerodynamic heating and pilot reaction control systems. It made its first powered flight on Oct. 8, 1954. On all test missions, the X-1B was carried to launching altitude, normally 25,000-35,000 feet, nestled under a modified B-29 Superfortress "mother" airplane. It was then released in mid-air and rocket power was applied and, under full throttle, flights lasted less than five minutes. After all fuel (an alcohol-water mixture) and liquid oxygen had been consumed, the pilot glided the airplane to earth for a landing. Frank K. "Pete" Everest Jr. flew flights #9 & #10 November 30, 1954.

About our Framing:
This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Custom Framed with double mattes and comes in either a ¾” or 1 ½” Matte Black Frame. We’ve opened up the matte on the bottom to showcase the authentic pencil signature of the pilot/s who flew this aircraft. All of our Aviation Collectibles come with a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure that the signatures are real and your purchase will be collectible for years to come.

Brig. Gen. Frank K. "Pete" Everest Jr.
- In February 1946 Pete Everest was assigned to the Flight Test Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio as a test pilot. He took part in many experimental tests of the Bell X-1 and established an unofficial world altitude record of 73,000 feet. In September 1951 he was transferred to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and became the chief Air Force test pilot as head of the Flight Test Operations Division. During his stay at Edwards, General Everest tested the X-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. PLANE JUNKIE - Harness the Horsepower (Bell X-1B)

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