Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer Zoom

Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer


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Product Code: GB2684

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Number 225 in Steve Ginter's Air Force Legends series bring you the history of the Bell XFM/YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer.

The Bell XFM-1/YFM-1 Airacuda was the first airplane designed and built by Larry Bell's new Bell Aircraft Corp. (founded in July 1935). This was to be a futuristic and innovative Allison V-1710 powered twin pusher bomber destroyer armed with 37mm canons mounted in the forward engine nacelles. The aircraft carried a crew of five and had both .30cal and .50cal defensive armament. It was also the first fighter to have an Auxillary Power Unit (APU). Fourteen aircraft were built: one XFM-1, nine YFM-1s, three YFM-1A (with tricycle landing gear) and two YFM-1Bs. The Airacuda's first flight was on September 28, 1939 with all aircraft being withdrawn from service in 1941.

Pages: 48
Size: 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Illustrations: 131 b/w photos, 7 drawings
Publisher: Steve Ginter
ISBN: 9798985472684
Product Code: GB2684