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Lawrence Dale Bell

  • In 1935 formed the Bell Aircraft Corporation to develop advanced military airplanes, including the B-29 Superfortress and the first U.S. jet airplane the P-59.
  • Developed and produced the first commercially licensed helicopter in 1946.
  • In 1947 received the Collier Trophy for the rocket powered Bell X-1 breaking the sound barrier with Chuck Yeager.
  • Developed guided bombs, missiles, and rocket engines as well as vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

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