Tue, Mar 25, 2003
Last week, we unleashed a deluge of answers to our question:
When was the last X-1 flight, and where -- and who flew it?
Although a lot of you (hundreds, actually) got it right, the
first correct and complete answer came from longtime ANN
Reader Nelson Tirado:
"The last flight of a Bell X-1 occurred on the 7th of November,
1958, when Jack McKay flew the X-1E over the Mojave Desert at the
NASA High-Speed Flight Station (HSFS), now known as the Dryden
Flight Research Center (DFRC). The X-1E is now on display in front
of Building 4800 at DFRC."
Oh -- and its first flight was December 12, 1955. The
super-thin wing (roughly half as thick as the original X-1's, at
under 3½ inches), allowed much-higher speeds than the
One other thing: earlier that year (January 23), one Neil A.
Armstrong retired another example...
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