We got your attention. We truly wish somebody would try to rebuild Chuck Yeager’s mighty Bell X-1, perhaps it’s asking too much…
The San Diego Air & Space Museum has hung a BELL X-1 replica in the museum’s rotunda.The aircraft was a two-year restoration project that involved over a dozen volunteers from both the Museum and their Gillespie Field Annex in El Cajon. The Bell X-1 is painted exactly like the original flown by Capt. Chuck Yeager in 1947 when he broke the sound barrier.
AL Vades, curator of the collections for the museum has sent us the picture above showing this icon aircraft hanging from the ceiling of the museum.The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.
It was not restored, it was built from scratch, starting with flat sheets of aluminum.