Bell X-1 in the movie poster for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Can you spot it? It’s the orange plane up in the top left.
Close-up of the Bell X-1 in the Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian movie poster
Close up of the X-1

Naturally, you can see it hanging in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (which I visited a few years ago).

Bell X-1 hanging in the National Air and Space Museum
The Bell X-1 in the National Air and Space Museum

I point all this out because my Grandfather worked as a draftsman at Bell Aerospace Company and was involved in the design of some of the empennage components for the Bell X-1. It’s famous for being the first aircraft to break the speed of sound (roughly 761mph) as flown by Chuck Yeager.

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alyssa

this movie was a great movie to learn and to experience whats in the smithsonian (it was also and great movie) now im going to washington dc and seeing the air and space museum! thanks for incouraging me to go..

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