B-29 Mothership for X-1

Last revised April 17, 2000

B-29-96-BW serial number 45-21800 was used as the "mother" aircraft for launches of the Bell X-1 rocket-powered research aircraft. On October 14, 1947, Capt Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was dropped in his X-1 from the B-29 and became the first human to pilot an aircraft faster than the speed of sound.


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