Bell XFL-1 Airabonita

The Bell XFL Airabonita was an experimental carrier based interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Navy by Bell Aircraft Corporation of Buffalo, New York.

It was similar to and a parallel development of the U.S. Army Air Corps land based P-39 Airacobra, differing mainly in the use of a tail wheel undercarriage in place of the P-39’s tricycle gear.

Only one prototype was built.

Specifications

Crew

One

Length

29 ft 9 in (9.07 m)

Wingspan

35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)

Height

12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)

Wing area

232 sq ft (21.6 m2)

Empty weight

5,161 lb (2,341 kg)

Gross weight

6,651 lb (3,017 kg)

Max take-off weight

7,212 lb (3,271 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Allison XV-1710-6 V-12 piston engine,

1,150 hp (858 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed

336 mph (541 km/h, 292 kn)

Range

1,072 mi (1,725 km, 932 nmi)

Service ceiling

30,900 ft (9,421 m)

Rate of climb

2,630 ft/min (13.4 m/s)

Wing loading

29 lb/sq ft (140 kg/m2)

Power/mass

0.17 hp/lb (280 W/kg)

Armament

Guns

2 × 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) machine guns

1 × 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) machine gun or 37 mm canon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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