Two X-2 rocket-powered research aircraft built to explore the problems of transonic and supersonic flight. The second aircraft made the first powered flight on 18 November 1955 but was destroyed in a fatal crash on 27 September 1956 after a flight that had achieved an unprecedented Mach 3.2.
| ENGINE||1 x Curtiss-Wright XLR25-CW-1 rocket engine, 6804kg|
| Wingspan||9.75 m||32 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.41 m||44 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.11 m||14 ft 6 in|
| Max. speed||3058 km/h||1900 mph|
| Ceiling||38405 m||126000 ft|
|A three-view drawing (1274 x 838)|
|Bob Barr, reebob41=yahoo.com, 22.04.2012|
I remember that my Dad painted the Bell X-2. I was very proud of him. His name was William Barr.
|Ernie Gravelle, kaynurn=aol.com, 01.10.2011|
As I recall there were two X2 aircraft built. The first was destroyed during a flight simulation over one of the great lakes. It took the lives of two Bell employees. Am I correct???
|Ernie Gravelle, KAYNURN=AOL.COM, 19.09.2011|
I was a Bell employee and was involved in the X-2 flight test program at EAFB. I will never forget the day that Mel Apt died in that crash. It could have and should have been avoided but for pilot error. Sad but true.
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