The Bell XP-77

by Daniel Russ on May 12, 2013

 

 

The tiny Bell XP-77 was a proposed solution to a series of problems facing the US in aircraft production. Light metal alloys were in big demand and the supplies of them were growing attenuated with the demands of war production. The second problem were the nimble Japanese fighters known as the Zero. The Bell XP-77 was to have 20mm guns, .50 caliber guns and a .404 canon. The cockpit was seals and closed behind the engine and the pilot had good visibility except for forward visibility. The engine was underpowered and the proposed 410 mph fighter only flew at 330 mph. The XP-77 had a range of 600 miles and could climb to 30,100 feet.

 

 

Sources: Wiki, Fiddlers Green

 

 

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