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Volunteers Build Replica of Bell X-1, Speed of Sound Aircraft

The Bell X-1 is a reproduction of the aircraft flown by Captain Chuck Yeager on October 14, 1947

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    Gen. Robert Cardenas (Ret.) talks about the moment Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1.

    A replica of the aircraft used to break the sound barrier now hangs above visitors at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    The Bell X-1 is a reproduction of the aircraft flown by Captain Chuck Yeager on October 14, 1947.

    The plane was designed and built in 1945 to give the team enough power to reach Mach 1.06 or 807.2 mph.

    Gen. Robert Cardenas (Ret.) was on hand to watch as museum volunteers prepared to hang the aircraft on Wednesday.

    General Recalls Speed of Sound Milestone

    [DGO] General Recalls Speed of Sound Milestone
    Gen. Robert Cardenas (Ret.) talks about the moment Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1.

    Cardenas flew a modified B-29 that launched Yeager and the Bell X-1 into aviation history.

    The reproduction was the result of a two-year restoration project by more than a dozen volunteers from both the museum and their Gillespie Field Annex in El Cajon.

    The San Diego Air & Space Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.