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Bell YP-59A 'Airacomet'

Description
  Manufacturer:Bell
  Base model:P-59
  Designation:YP-59
  Version:A
  Nickname:Airacomet
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit
  Status:Prototype
  Crew:1
  First Flew:1943/08/18

Specifications
  Length: 38' 2" 11.6 m
  Wingspan: 49' 14.9 m
  Wingarea: 400.0 sq ft 37.1 sq m
  Gross Weight: 12,700 lb 5,759 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric J31-GE
  Thrust (each): 1,650 lb 566 kg

Performance
  Max Speed: 409 mph 658 km/h 355 kt

Known serial numbers
42-108771 / 42-108783, 63960 / 63961

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia

YP-59A on display

The Air Museum

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Bob Velker
 Diamond Bar, CA
Chino, CA March 31, 2007 -- Just to let everyone know that we have been working hard to finish the restoration of The Air Museum Planes of Fame's 42-108777 to flight status in time for the 2007 Air Show (May 19 & 20), but we are going to come up short. You can now expect us to finish it by late this summer. Watch for it to fly again on the anniversary of its maiden flight -- October 1st -- 65 years hence!
04/02/2007 @ 13:34 [ref: 16075]
 Mervin Fahn
 , CA
In regards to Bill Larkins reply regarding the YP 59A, I would like to let him know that two yp 59A-s were modified with a second cockpit for the purpose of accomodating a second pilot to get the feel of flying a jet propelled plane. A check of a photograph from Phil Juvet's collection will show that the plane I flew in was serial number 42108-777 as it had a covered cockpit whereas the plane he is referring to had an open-air cockpit.
11/10/2006 @ 15:18 [ref: 14721]
 Bill Larkins
 , CA
Mervin: I don't think that there was more than one YP-59A with the open cockpit in front so I will post a photo of 42-108783 as it is probably the same aircraft.
10/11/2006 @ 09:04 [ref: 14423]
 Mervin Fahn
 , CA
I was a member of the 31st Fighter Squadron, 412th Fighter Group stationed in Palmdale, Santa Maria and Bakersfield, California in 1944 and 1945.

We converted the YP-59A by adding a cockpit in the nose and I flew as a "passenger" in 1944. I would be interested in hearing from any of our squadron or group members as to the feasibility of having a reunion.
07/15/2001 @ 12:02 [ref: 2676]

 

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