Bell, Lawrence Dale
Born: Apr 05, 1894 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 62 years of age.
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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