Creative Arts is building the Bell X1 for the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, Florida. American pilot Chuck Yeager flew this experimental rocket plane as he attempted–and succeeded–in breaking the sound barrier. This record-setting flight was the envy of the world as several countries had been trying for years to build and fly a plane fast enough to break the speed of sound. Roger and his team have a unique challenge as they choose to display the airplane suspended form the museum’s ceiling and not resting on the floor. The Bell X1 must be light enough–and safe enough–for elevated display without compromising authenticity of the iconic aircraft. Creative Arts will also build a Pennsylvania Long Rifle for the Florida Frontiersmen, a local non-profit group that wants to present the firearm as a scholarship award to one of their young members.
Aired: 20 Dec 2014