DR51025 Bell X-1USAF, Muroc Army Air Field, CA (Edwards AFB), Final Flight, May 12th 1950, 2-Pc SET
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. Flight testing of this aircraft continued with the Air Force until its final flight on May 12th, 1950 while NACA continued to fly the second X-1, aircraft #46-063, until October, 1951.
An earlier release (Item No.51021) showed the X-1 as it appeared in its record-breaking supersonic flight. This new release differs in that it shows 46-062 as it looked during its final flight in 1950. 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
!Unlike other models in the Dragon Warbirds series, this model is 100% plastic, with no diecast metal used in its construction. The painting and markings are applied with the same precision as other Warbirds models however, so this model still looks perfectly at home in any diecast collection, albeit at a much lighter weight.