P-59 Airacomet

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The Bell P-59A was the first United States jet fighter aircraft, designed and built during World War II. The USAAF was not impressed by its performance and cancelled the contract when fewer than half of the aircraft ordered had been produced. Although no P-59s went into combat, it paved the way for another design generation of U.S. turbojet-powered aircraft and was the first turbojet fighter to have its turbojet engine and inlet nacelles integrated within the main fuselage.

XP-59A    * The original prototype XP-59A is on display the Milestones of Flight Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

YP-59    * YP-59 is undergoing restoration to flying condition at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. The aircraft was acquired in 1991.

P-59A    * P-59A (44-22614) is on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California

P-59B    * P-59B (42-2633) is on display at Edwards Air Force Base.
* P-59B (44-22656) is on display at the Pioneer Museum, Minden, Nebraska.
* P-59B (44-2650) is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton,    Ohio. It was obtained from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico in February 1956.[4]

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