Chuck Yeager Signature Inside Bell X-1

Close-up view of Chuck Yeager's signature inside cockpit of Bell X-1, dated Oct 14, 1947.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's signature inside the cockpit of the Bell X-1 "Glammorous Glennis."  The signature is dated the same day as his record-breaking flight of October 14, 1947 when the Bell X-1 became the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager flew the X-1 to a speed of 1,127 kilometers (700 miles) per hour, Mach 1.06, at an altitude of 13,000 meters (43,000 feet). 

The Bell X-1 has been on display at the Museum since it opened in 1976. It was displayed prior to that in a temporary building known as the "Tin Shed" behind the Smithsonian Castle. Yeager has visited the aircraft often and signed the interior multiple times.

  • Created: 11/12/2015

  • 2015-07226

  • Copyright/Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Photographer: Eric Long
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    GO FLIGHT Photo initiative generously supported by the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation

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