The Bell P-59 Airacomet. It Saw Little Action But Taught Us Volumes.

by Daniel Russ on September 21, 2012

Bell P 59 Airacomet

Bell P 59 Airacomet

 

Bell P 59 Airacomet

Bell P 59 Airacomet

 

Bell P 59 Airacomet

Bell P 59 Airacomet

There’s a rusty spavined Bell P-59 Airacomet sitting in the museum bone yard at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave Desert. The sun bakes and preserves this old dinosaur that at one time represented the hopes of a nation just entering the exciting jet age. The fact is only 66 of thee things were built and that itself is rather surprising given that only 14 of these ever made it into front line service. In the 1950-s you could deliver an incondite plane and still get government contracts. You could deliver 66 of them.

 

The Aracomet was powered by General Electric J-31 turbojets  that each only output 2000 foot pounds of energy. Armament was one 34 mm canon and three 50 cals.  Although it didn’t see any combat, it provided encyclopedias of information for future aircraft.

 

Source: Attack and Interceptor Jets. Michael Sharpe. 1999. also, http://www.vehibase.com/, also Wikipedia

 

 

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