9/6/10 – Labor Day, the Bell X-1

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This is the X-1, the first plane to break the sound barrier, piloted of course by Chuck Yaeger in 1947.

My grandfather helped build it. Literally. He was a metal fabricator at Bell Aircraft.

Something my Grampa Mickey helped build, had his hands on, is now on display at The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, next to The Spirit of St. Louis.
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5 responses to “9/6/10 – Labor Day, the Bell X-1

  1. Wow…that is pretty cool to have someone in the family who was part of that effort.

  2. You can be so very proud of that Lawrence…how fantastic!! He has left his mark in history my friend. Thanks for sharing x

  3. WOW!! That’s excellent! You must feel so proud of your granddad… gee!!!

  4. That is a fascinating fact.

  5. Actually, I’m realizing now that my grandfather never mentioned this to us, and my father told us only after he died.

    I have a strange, even sad, family sometimes.

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