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The X-1 landing at Edwards AFB.
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The Bell X-1 was an experimental rocket airplane which first flew in 1946. It is most known to have been the first aircraft to fly at speeds over Mach 1 in level flight. It also was the first of the X Planes, a project by NASA still active today.
The aircraft broke for the first time the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, after been dropped by a B-29 over KEDW. Piloted by Chuck Yeager, it reached a speed of Mach 1.06 and glided to a landing on the runway.