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Lawrence (Dale) Bell - Namesakes

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Aircraft designer and constructor, born in Mentone, Indiana, USA. In 1935 he formed the Bell Aircraft Corporation, and among its more notable productions was the P-59 Airacomet, the first US jet-propelled aircraft (1942). From 1941 he produced a famous line of helicopters and in 1947 the first rocket-propelled aeroplane, the Bell X-1, the first manned aircraft to exceed the speed of sound.

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