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Bell X-1 "Glamorous Glennis"
BellX-1Glamorous Glennis

Origin

U.S. Air Force/Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager/ Oct.14.1947

Type

Rocket-powered Airplane

Effects

When one puts themselves into the cockpit, they suddenly experience what it was like to be in the plane when Charles piloted it the day he broke the sound barrier.

Downsides

When they finish the experience, they come out of the plane with a broken arm and two broken ribs and be in the same state of pain he when he took flight.

Activation

Sitting in the cockpit and closing the hatch.

Collected by

Unknown, possible Warehouse 13 Agents

Section

Ford-1908

Aisle

Suspended in "The Hanger"

Shelf

N/A

Date of Collection

Nov.2.1947

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OriginEdit

On 14 October 1947, just under a month after the U.S. Air Force had been created as a separate service, the tests reached their peak with the first manned supersonic flight, piloted by Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager in aircraft #46-062 that he had christened the Glamorous Glennis for his wife. This rocket-powered airplane was drop launched from the bomb bay of a modified B-29 Superfortress bomber, and it glided to a landing on the dry lake bed. XS-1 flight number 50 is the first one in which the X-1 recorded supersonic flight, at Mach 1.06 (313 m/s, 1,126 km/h, 800 mph) peak speed.

As a result of the X-1's initial supersonic flight, the National Aeronautics Association voted its 1948 Collier Trophy to be shared by the three main participants in the program. Honored at the White House by President Harry S. Truman were Larry Bell for Bell Aircraft, Captain Yeager for piloting the flights, and John Stack for the contributions of the NACA.

The story of Yeager’s 14 October flight was leaked to a reporter from Aviation Week, and The Los Angeles Times featured the story as headline news in their 22 December issue. The magazine story was released 20 December. The Air Force threatened legal action against the journalists who revealed the story, but none was ever taken.

TodayEdit

When the Warehouse heard of a plane that broke the sound barrier, they sent agents to check out the plane to see if it became an artifact. When they found out it was, they towed it back to the Warehouse without trouble and put it on display.

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