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    Default Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    In 1941 General Hap Arnold asked Britain for the plans to their Whittle turbo jet engine. Britain sent an engine and the plans for the new more powerful Whittle turbo jet, plus a small team of engineers. These were put in the hands of Bell Aircraft and General Electric to produce. The Bell XP59 was the result. The aircraft was the first U.S. jet, but had very poor performance, however the U.S. jet aircraft program was born. The aircraft in the rear is the only one built and sent to Britain for evaluation. Consequently failing due to poor performance.
    A total of 66 were built.
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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    Well observed and explained.
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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    Thanks Gary for taking a look.

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    A plane I had never heard of before, nor the story (or maybe I have but forgotten it). Good job!

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    I love it gray, especially the explanation. you certainly do your homework. Not only do I like all your art, but, the history you add. Thank you.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    Thanks Paul, Larry. The 40's and 50's were interesting times in plane design.

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    Gray & Co.

    This might be of interest..

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/bM5diyl48K/alcock

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    I see you've been very busy Gray Hope they paid you well Has you have mentioned Frank Whittle in #1 Gray, Whittle is my surname, full title being Stephen J Whittle but I'm afraid I can't design jet engines, it takes me all my time to draw a rectangle in Xara

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    Paul, thanks for that link. That was a great story. The air pioneers of that time had nerves of steel.
    Thanks Stygg. You must be a relative of Frank Whittle. He was one smart guy. He didn't get a fraction of what he deserved from his government. You may not design jet engines but I think your drawings are great. I wish more people would post their work. Where have all the members gone?

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    Default Re: Bell Xp59 Airacomet

    Quote Originally Posted by stygg2003 View Post
    takes me all my time to draw a rectangle in Xara

    Stygg
    Me too Stygg.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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