May 1, 2013
This one-of-a-kind Bell X–14B was an experimental, open-cockpit, all-aluminum VTOL aircraft flown by NASA from 1957 to 1981. It was designed to test and demonstrate the concept of vertical takeoff and landing. The wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizers were used from the existing Beechcraft T–34 Mentor. The X–14 was rescued from the scrapyard in 1999 and is currently undergoing renovation as part of a private collection in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Neil Armstrong claimed to have flown it 10 times.
Subject: Bell X–14B
Where: Crawfordsville, Indiana
Photographer: John Fleck
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