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Bell X-5 Airplane Model

One of your favorite miniature planes!

The X-5 was the world's first airplane to vary the sweepback of its wings in flight. The X-5 was based upon the design of a Messerschmitt P. 1101 airplane discovered in Germany at the end of World War II. It first flew on June 20, 1951. Bell company test pilot Jean "Skip" Ziegler made the initial Phase I flights, to prove the airplane's airworthiness.

The Bell X-5 was developed to check the feasibility of changing the sweep angle of an aircraft's wings in flight. This produced advantages from both an operational and research point of view. An operational aircraft could take off with its wings fully extended, reducing both its take off speed and the length of the runway needed.

Dimensions: 7.75"L x 6"W x 2"H
Bell X 5 Airplane Model
Bell X 5 Airplane Model

Bell X-5 Airplane Model


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