Bell Aircraft P-59 Airacomet

Fighter

Bell YP-59A Airacomet USAAF 42-108777 Planes of Fame Museum Chino, CA © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Bell P-59 Airacomet is a twin-engined single-seat jet fighter aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Bell Aircraft Corporation.
The P-59 Airacomet was the first jet fighter aircraft of the United States. The General Electric J31 engine is a licensed production variant of the British Power Jets (Whittle) W.1 engine designed by (Sir) Frank Whittle. The mass production was cancelled after delivery of 30 P-59B out of an order of 80 aircraft due to unsatisfying evaluation results. The total production number includes 3 XP-59A prototypes, 13 YP-59A pre-production aircraft and 20 P-59A.
Crew1
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric J39-GE-5
Engine Power (each)8,9 kN2001 lbf
max. Cruise Speed604 km/h326 kts
  375 mph
Speed657 km/h355 kts
  409 mph
Service Ceiling14.082 m46.200 ft
Range644 km348 NM
400 mi.
Empty Weight3.704 kg8.166 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight6.214 kg13.700 lbs
Wing Span13,87 m45 ft 6 in
Wing Area35,8 m385 ft
Length11,62 m38 ft 1 in
Height3,66 m12 ft 0 in
First Flight01.10.1942
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1943-1945
Total Production66
Data for (Version)Bell P-59B
VariantsP-59A, P-59B

[Photo-ID: 11256] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Bell P-59A Airacomet, United States Air Force (USAF), 44-22614, c/n 27-22, Karsten Palt, 2015Bell
P-59A Airacomet
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 44-22614
c/n: 27-22
 
last surviving P-59A production aircraft
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11257] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Bell P-59A Airacomet, United States Air Force (USAF), 44-22614, c/n 27-22, Karsten Palt, 2015Bell
P-59A Airacomet
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 44-22614
c/n: 27-22
 
last surviving P-59A production aircraft
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 10130] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Bell XP-59A Airacomet, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 42-108784, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2014Bell
XP-59A Airacomet
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 42-108784
 
the first XP-59A
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]
[Photo-ID: 6139] Karsten Palt 2012-06-12
Bell YP-59A Airacomet, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 42-108777, c/n 27-10, Karsten Palt, 2012Bell
YP-59A Airacomet
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 42-108777
c/n: 27-10
 
Planes of Fame Aircraft Museum [Chino, CA]