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BELL P-59A AIRACOMET (MODEL 27)
1944
 
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DATA
 
 
BELL P-59A AIRACOMET
 
CLASSIFICATION
CLASS :
 ADVANCED TRAINER
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN :
 UNITED STATES
MANUFACTURER :
 BELL AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
FIRST FLIGHT :
 1944
SERVICE DELIVERY :
 AUGUST 1944
NUMBER BUILT :
 20
   
SPECIFICATION
SPAN :
 45 ft 6 in (13.87 m)
LENGTH :
 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
HEIGHT :
 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
WING AREA :
 386 sq ft (35.86 m sq)
WEIGHT EMPTY :
 7,950 lbs (3606 kg)
WEIGHT LOADED :
 10,822 lbs (4909 kg)
WEIGHT MAX :
 13,000 lb (5897 kg)
POWER PLANT :
 2 x General Electric J31-GE-5 Turbojet Engines, Producing 2,000 lbs
 
 (907 kg) of Thrust each
ARMAMENT :
 1 x 37mm M4 Cannon, 3 x .50-cal (12.7 mm) Machine Guns in Nose
BOMB LOAD :
 2,000 lbs (907 kg) of Bombs or 8 x 60 lbs (27 kg) of Rockets
CREW :
 1 - Pilot
   
PERFORMANCE
MAXIMUM SPEED :
 413 mph (665 km/h) @ 30,000 ft (9144 m), 376 mph (605 km/h) at
 
 5,000 ft (1524 m)
CRUISING SPEED :
 298 mph (480 km/h)
LANDING SPEED :
 --
CLIMB RATE :
 To 10,000 ft in 3.2 min, To 30,000 ft (9144 m) in 15.5 min
RANGE :
 375 miles (604 km) at 400 mph, 400 miles at 375 mph, 550 miles
 
 at 308 mph
SERVICE CEILING :
 46,200 ft (14082 m)
 
 
 
 
 
 
REFERENCES
 
 

Donald, David, Gordon. American Warplanes of World War II. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. 1995. ISBN 0-7607-2274-9.

Angelucci, Enzo; Bowers, Peter. The American Fighter - The Definitive Guide To American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present. New York: Orion Books. 1985. ISBN 0-517-56588-9.

 
 
     
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