Bell X-1a Rocket Plane Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions

Bell X-1a Rocket Plane Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions

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An improvement over the Bell X-1 - the first plane to break the sound barrier in level flight - the X-1A was designed to reach Mach 2.0. Initial test flights commenced in January of 1953. On December 12th, test pilot Charles qChuckq Yeager set a record with the aircraft, reaching a speed of Mach 2.43 at 75, 000 feet. In 1954, pilot Maj. Arthur Murray flew the plane to a new altitude record of 90, 440 feet. Roughly a year later, the X-1A was severely damaged by an explosion while strapped to its B-29 mother ship. The plane was jettisoned and destroyed. Variants of the design, including the X-1B, X-1D, and X-1E continued to fly as late as 1958. Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force and NACA / NASA, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of one of history's great planes. Classified qRestrictedq, the manual was declassified. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.Switch Panel 1-15. , TURBINE PUMP GOVERNOR BALANCE PRESSURE REGULATOR AND SPILL VALVE. ... The emergency cut-off switch on the centrol sticlt (a#39;7, figure 1-4) ... The fuel flows through the check valve into the igniter orifice and screen assembly, and is then injected into the throat of the venturi mixing tube ofanbsp;...

Title:Bell X-1a Rocket Plane Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions
Author:United States Air Force - 2007-10-01


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