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XLR-11 - X-1 rocket engine display XLR-11 - X-1 rocket engine display

Photo Number: EC96-43611-1
Photo Date: 1996

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Description: What started as a hobby for four rocket fanatics went on to break the sound barrier: Lovell Lawrence, Hugh Franklin Pierce, John Shesta, and Jimmy Wyld the four founders of Reaction Motors, Inc. that built the XLR-11 Rocket Engine. The XLR-11 engine is shown on display in the NASA Exchange Gift Shop, NASA Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California.

This engine, familiarly known as Black Betsy, a 4-chamber rocket that ignited diluted ethyl alcohol and liquid oxygen into 6000 pounds or more of thrust powered the X-1 series airplanes.

Keywords: X-1; Reaction Motors; Inc.; NASA Exchange Gift Shop; NASA Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center

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