Lot 4057: Pete Everest Bell X-2 First Flight Cover
18th October 2018
Flown airmail cover carried on the first flight of the Bell X-2 rocket plane by Pete Everest on November 18, 1955, signed in blue ballpoint, "Frank K. Everest, Jr." The cover is stamped, "Flown on Board Bell X-2 Rocket Plane Test Flight, Edwards A. F. Base, Calif.," "First Flight," and "By Rocket." In fine condition. Accompanied by a receipt for certified mail, noting five covers sent to Edwards AFB in August 1955. Lt. Col. Frank K. 'Pete' Everest completed the first powered flight of the Bell X-2 on November 18, 1955. By the time of his ninth and final flight in late July 1956 the project was years behind schedule, but he had established a new speed record of Mach 2.87 (1,900 mph).
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