Milestones of Flight: Bell X-1

Eric Long / Smithsonian Institution
May 18, 2015
Media Photo/Video

Photos for News Media Use Only

Eric Long / Smithsonian Institution

Piloted by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, the Bell X-1 became the first aircraft to travel faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. The Bell X-1 is shown here in Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the Museum on the National Mall.

Eric Long / Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum