Airacomet was America's first jet-propelled airplane.
Developed during World War II, it was such a top secret project
that hundreds of flights had already been been made before it
was announced to the public in 1943.
It began in August, 1941, by General H. H.
Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Force. project
was conducted under the utmost secrecy, with Bell building the
airplane and General Electric the engine. The first P-59 was
completed in mid-1942 and on October 1, 1942, it made its
initial flight at Muroc Dry Lake (now Edwards Air Force Base),
California. One year later, the airplane was ordered into
production, to be powered by I-14 and I-16 engines, improved
versions of the original I-A.
Bell produced 66 P-59s. Although the
airplane's performance was not spectacular and it never got into
combat, the P-59 provided training for AAF personnel and
invaluable data for subsequent development of higher performance
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