airacomet defined in 1939 yearairacomet - Airacomet;
airacomet - Name given to the P-59a fighter aircraft constructed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation of Buffalo, N.T., U.S.A. It was the first reaction-propelled aircraft to be produced in the U.S.A. A mid.-wing all-metal monoplane, it is powered with two gas turbine units manufactured by the General Electric Co. to the design of Air Commodore Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet-propulsion engine. The engines are installed in streamlined housings arranged below the wings and at their roots. The span is 48 ft., and the length 38 ft. 2 ins. The undercarriage is of the tricycle type and is retractable. Quickly outclassed by the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the Airacomet was adapted and retained by the U.S.A.A.F. only as a fighter-trainer.
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