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Dragon Models 1:144 Warbirds 51021
Bell X-1 Display Model
USAF, #46-0062, Muroc Army Air Field, CA (Edwards AFB), Sound Barrier, October 14th 1947, 2-Piece Set

1:144 Scale   Length   Width
Bell X-1   2.5"   2.25"

The Bell X-1 (originally XS-1) first flew in glide tests over Pinecastle Army Airfield, Florida before being returned to Bell for modifications in anticipation of powered flight tests at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California. On 14 October 1947, the tests culminated in the first manned supersonic flight in aircraft #46-062. The rocket-powered aircraft was launched from the bomb bay of a specially modified B-29 and glided to a landing on a runway. XS-1 flight number 50 is the first one where the X-1 recorded supersonic flight, at Mach 1.06 (361 m/s, 1,299 km/h, 807.2 mph) peak speed.

This set features two complete X-1 aircraft models. The first is a standard replica of this supersonic craft, while the second has a transparent fuselage that shows off the "innards" of the unique X-1. Both fully built-up and finely painted models are masterfully recreated in miniature. They also come with a sleek display stand made of metal that allows both models to be displayed "flying" together. This is an impressive set, and with two models and the stand included, it offers unbeatable value!

Bell X-1

Designed to research the aerodynamic problems associated with flight at supersonic speeds, the X-1 was first flown on January 19th, 1946. It was the first of a series of (often top-secret) experimental aircraft, known as "X-planes", designed for testing new technologies. The X-1's fuselage was intentionally designed to replicate a Browning .50 cal bullet that was known to be stable in supersonic flight. Power came from a four-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine. After numerous test flights and design refinements, the X-1 ushered in a new era of aviation by becoming the first aircraft to achieve supersonic flight on October 14th, 1947.

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Dragon Models 1:144 Warbirds

The Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:144 Warbirds Series" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made plastic models of military aircaft. While these models may lack the heft of their metal counterparts, the painting and markings are applied with the same precision as other Warbirds, making them pefectly at home in any diecast collection.

Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:144 Warbirds Series" display model airplanes feature:

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.

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