Bell XP-83 / ZXF-83

Specifications

1st Flight 1945

Crew: 1 (engineer’s station fitted to first prototype, with an entrance door under the fuselage)

Length: 44 ft 10 in (13.67 m)

Wingspan: 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)

Height: 15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)

Wing area: 431 sq ft (40.0 m2)

Empty weight: 14,105 lb (6,398 kg)

Gross weight: 24,090 lb (10,927 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 27,500 lb (12,474 kg)

Fuel capacity: 1,154 US gal (961 imp gal; 4,370 l) + 2x 300 US gal (250 imp gal; 1,100 l) drop tanks

Powerplant: 2 × General Electric XJ33-GE-5 centrifugal-flow compressor turbojet engines, 4,000 lbf (18 kN) thrust each for take-off at 11500 rpm

Performance

Maximum speed: 522 mph (840 km/h, 454 kn) at 15,660 ft (4,773.2 m)

Range: 1,730 mi (2,780 km, 1,500 nmi) on internals

Ferry range: 2,050 mi (3,300 km, 1,780 nmi) with drop tanks

Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (14,000 m)

Rate of climb: 5,650 ft/min (28.7 m/s)

Time to altitude: 30,000 ft (9,144 m) in 11 minutes 30 seconds

Wing loading: 56 lb/sq ft (270 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight: 0.33

Armament

Guns:

6 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns or

6 × .60 in (15.2 mm) T17E3 machine guns (prototypes) or

4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano cannons or

1 × 37 mm (1.46 in) cannon in the nose

Bombs: 2 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

 

 

Variants

2 prototypes of the XP-83 were made, they were later classified as the ZXP-83

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