Bell XFM-1 Airacuda (1937)
Type: Bomber Interceptor / Bomber Destroyer / Heavy Fighter
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Bell Aircraft - USA
Production Total: 13
44.85 feet (13.67 meters)
69.85 feet (21.29 meters)
13.58 feet (4.14 meters)
13,375 lb (6,067 kg)
17,333 lb (7,862 kg)
2 x Allison V-1710-41 liquid-cooled supercharged V12 engines developing 1,150 horsepower each.
277 mph (446 kmh; 241 knots)
2,600 miles (4,184 km)
30,512 feet (9,300 meters; 5.8 miles)
1,480 feet-per-minute (451 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload:
1 x 37mm M4 cannon in left engine nacelle with 1 x 7.62mm tracer machine gun.
1 x 37mm cannon in right engine nacelle with 1 x 7.62mm tracer machine gun.
1 x 0.50 caliber M2 Browning heavy machine gun in left waist position.
1 x 0.50 caliber M2 Browning heavy machine gun in right waist position.
LATER (added to existing):
1 x 0.30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in retractable dorsal turret.
1 x 0.30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in ventral tunnel position.
Up to 600 lb of conventional drop bombs for bomber destroyer role.