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Bell, Lawrence Dale (Larry)

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Born: 1894 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Inventor

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1894 - Born on the 5th of April in Mentone, Indiana.

1912 - He joined his older brother Grover and stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey as a mechanic.

         - He went to work for the Glenn L. Martin Company.

1914 - Became Martin's shop foreman and later the company's general manager.

1928 - He left Martin to join Consolidated Aircraft in Buffalo, New York.

         - Became Vice President and General Manager.

1935 - Stayed in Buffalo and founded his own company, Bell Aircraft Corporation.

         - Bell Aircraft built the P-39 "Airacobra" and P-63 "Kingcobra" fighter aircraft during World War II.

1941 - The company began developing helicopters.

1944 - Awarded the Society of Automotive Engineers' Daniel Guggenheim Medal.

1947 - He shared the Collier Trophy with pilot Chuck Yeager and John Stack, a research scientist with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

1956 - Died on the 20th of October.

1977 - Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

1986 - Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

2004 - International Aerospace Hall of Fame.

         - Designer and eponym of Bell X-1 airplane (1st aircraft to fly faster than speed of sound 1947)


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