Bell XFM - 1 Airacuda

Discussion in 'Aircraft Requests' started by the lancaster kicks ass, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    19,980
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    i found this picture and though it looked interesting, anyone got anymore info on it??

    and don't use the "i will use google before asking stupid questions" picture.........
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,780
    Likes Received:
    518
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    Here you go Lanc:

    From http://www.daveswarbirds.com/usplanes/american.htm
     
  3. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    19,980
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    a very interesting concept, thanks!
     
  4. FLYBOYJ

    FLYBOYJ "THE GREAT GAZOO"
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2005
    Messages:
    23,205
    Likes Received:
    787
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Aircraft Maintenance Manager/ Flight Instructor
    Location:
    Colorado, USA
    An airborne fire base!
     
  5. helmitsmit

    helmitsmit Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2005
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Aerospace engineering and athlete
    Location:
    Swansea
    Wasn't it's performance lacking due to the extreme weight? That what I read about it. The wings had tunnels in them so the gunner could abanden their station in an emergency. This made them very thick. However it was slower then most bombers fully loaded.
     
  6. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2005
    Messages:
    12,631
    Likes Received:
    309
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    In one of the twists and turns of how aircraft are conceived, the chief test pilot of this plane, a USAAC officer, looked long and hard at the faults of this aircraft. He then wrote the specs and concepts that ultimatly led to the P38 being designed.
     
  7. helmitsmit

    helmitsmit Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2005
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Aerospace engineering and athlete
    Location:
    Swansea
    I suppose that inadvertantly you could say it had a major effect on the war.
     
  8. book1182

    book1182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Training Coordinator
    Location:
    United States
    Wasn't this sort of the aircraft that started the destroyer type of fighters. i.e. Me-110, Me-210 and 410, Mosquito, Beaufighter, Whirlwind and the Nick. So with out it we wouldn't have some of the great ground attack and even more the night fighters of the second world war???
     
  9. JCS

    JCS Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Messages:
    672
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    United States Marine
    Location:
    Nicholson, PA
  10. B-24 Driver

    B-24 Driver New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    writer
    Location:
    Ione, WA
    Home Page:
    Bell was a day late and a dollar short throughout WW2. They came out with the P39 Air Cobra that couldn't keep up with the bombers let alone shoot one down. The pilots didn't like the idea of the prop shaft between their legs either. The 37mm in the nose was a good idea, just couldn't catch up with anything in the air to use it. Bell made about 10,000 of them I think, but most of them went to Russia where the 37mm was fairly effective against tanks, if their were no 109s around.
    Then they built the P63 King Cobra, a much bigger engine and would have been faster except they were so much heavier and didn't appear until after the P47 and P51 so I don't think they saw any action except again by the Russians. Still had the 37mm in the nose. Most of those that stayed in the Us became targets for gunnery practice. They traded the 37mm for a large red light in the nose and gunners fired at them with plastic bullets. When the pilot heard them hit the plane he hit his switch and turned on the light. Never could figure where they found those pilots.
    Then later they hung two Jet pods under the wings. One came in to Ft Worth in I think 46 while I was there (had transitioned to B-29s by then) and caused some stir as it was the first jet anyone had seen. (Actually there were P80/T33s at Barsdale, LA at the time and they came in fairly often somewhat later.) Don't know if it was true, but we heard rumors that the Bell Jet still had fabric covered tail surfaces. The jet engines were very unreliable and the fire would go out if the throttle was advanced too fast. Rumor was that they went out and sprayed kerocene on the tail and then fired and set it off. Just rumors but we had a lot of them.
     
  11. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    19,980
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    thanks for the extra bits guys..........
     
Loading...

Share This Page