Bell XP-59 Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1943
Type: Twin-Boom Fighter Proposal
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Bell Aircraft Corporation - USA
Production Total: 0
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 34.12 feet (10.4 meters)
Overall Width: 37.73 feet (11.50 meters)
Overall Height: 12.47 feet (3.80 meters)
Weight (Empty): 7,055 lb (3,200 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 9,700 lb (4,400 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: XP-52: 1 x Continental XIV-1430-3 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine developing 1,275 horsepower and driving a pair of propeller blades arranged in a "puller" configuration through a contra-rotating fashion.
Maximum Speed: 388 mph (625 kph; 337 knots)
Maximum Range: 435 miles (700 km)
Service Ceiling: 26,247 feet (8,000 meters; 4.97 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
1 x 37mm M4 cannon with 2 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns in nose.
2 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns in wings (one to a wing).
Global Operators / Customers
United States (cancelled)
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
XP-52 - Initial prototype designation
XP-59 - Revised, dimensionally larger form based on the XP-52 design.
P-59 - Assumed USAAC in-service designation