Detail View: Dryden Historical Images: X-1A

Title: 
X-1A
Creator: 
NASA
Description: 
E-1764 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1A 48-1384 is photographed in 1955 sitting on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards, California. This view of the right side of the aircraft shows a middle section that contrasts quite distinctively with the over-all white paint scheme of the X-1A during its NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station tenure. The extreme cold of the liquid oxygen used as a propellant along with alcohol and its deleterious affect on paint dictated that the fuselage area next to the tank be left unpainted. The X-1A arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on January 7, 1953. Bell test pilot Jean ''Skip'' Ziegler made six test flights between 14 February and 25 April 1953. Air Force test pilots Maj. Charles ''Chuck'' Yeager and Maj. Arthur ''Kit'' Murray made 18 flights between 21 November 1953 and 26 August 1954. NACA test pilot Joe Walker made one successful flight on 20 July 1955. During a second flight attempt on 8 August 1955, an explosion damaged the aircraft shortly before launch. Walker climbed back up into the JTB-29A mothership, and the X-1A was jettisoned over the Edwards AFB bombing range.1955 NASA Photo
Date: 
03/05/1955
Identifier: 
340594main_E-1764_full
MediaType: 
Image
MediaType: 
Image
MediaType: 
image
Collection: 
NASA_Dryden_Multimedia_X-1A_Image_Gallery
Year: 
1955
Who: 
Chuck Yeager
Where: 
California
Where: 
Edwards Air Force Base