Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
Built by the lowest bid, no doubt......
admittedly, the aerodynamics were done on the cheap, Bell used a 50cal ball bullet as the basis for the fuselage, systems wise, it was state of the art for its day. X1B was pushing real hard at Mach 2. sometimes,less is a good quality,
Chuck Yeager has always been one of my heroes.
Too bad the first guy who did it never got the credit he deserved. Remember Scott Crossfield?