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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft

 
 
Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
1. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker
Inscription. On Oct. 2, 1942, a Bell XP-59A Aircraft powered by Twin General Electric Type 1-A Engines introduced Jet Flight to America. This new age began here at Edwards Air Force Base as the XP-59A lifted from Rogers Dry Lake with Bell Test Pilot Robert M. Stanley at the controls. Later the same day, Col.L.C. Craigie became the first American military pilot to the fly the aircraft.
This Memorial is Dedicated
To all those who contributed to these first flights and is presented in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of that event through the cooperation of:
United States Air Force Jet Pioneers' Assoc. Of U.S.A General Electric Co. Textron's Bell Aerosystems Co.
 
Erected 1967 by United States Air Force, Jet Pioneers' Accoc. Of U.S.A, General Electric Co., and Textron's Bell Aerosystems Co.
 
Location. 34° 55.462′ N, 117° 53.942′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Rosamond Boulevard. Touch for map. Near Edwards AFB Library on Rosamond Blvd near Yeager Blvd. Edwards Air Force Base is not open to the public. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 West Yeager Boulevard, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker,
Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
2. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft and Marker
measured as the crow flies. Sound Barrier Cracked (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Medal of Honor (approx. mile away); F-86F (approx. 0.3 miles away); Leaps in Technology (approx. 0.3 miles away); F-16B (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackie Cochran (approx. half a mile away); F-111A - "Aardvark" (approx. 1.4 miles away); YA-7D - "Corsair II" (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker & Flag Memorial Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
3. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker & Flag Memorial Square Marker
Flag Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
4. Flag Memorial Marker
This flag memorial is dedicated to the men and women of Edwards AFB who have come together from every state in the nation to serve their country. Made possible through the generosity of the Edwards AFB Civilian/Military Support Group. 4 July 1991
Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
5. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Marker
Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Tailflash image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
6. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft Tailflash
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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