Bell XFL-1 Airabonita Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1940
Type: Carrierborne Interceptor
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Bell Aircraft Company - USA
Production Total: 1
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 29.82 feet (9.09 meters)
Overall Width: 35.04 feet (10.68 meters)
Overall Height: 12.83 feet (3.91 meters)
Weight (Empty): 5,165 lb (2,343 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 7,218 lb (3,274 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 1 x Allison XV-1710-6 12-cylinder Vee liquid-cooled inline engine developing 1,150 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 336 mph (541 kph; 292 knots)
Maximum Range: 1,072 miles (1,725 km)
Service Ceiling: 30,922 feet (9,425 meters; 5.86 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,630 feet-per-minute (802 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
1 x 37mm cannon OR 1 x 12.7mm machine gun firing through the propeller hub.
2 x 7.62mm machine guns in nose cowl
Global Operators / Customers
United States (cancelled)
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Model 12 - Bell Aircraft Designation of XP-39
XP-39 - Prototype Designation for P-39 Airacobra model for USAAC.
XFL-1 - Navalized single prototype example based on XP-39; traditional undercarriage with two main gears and tail wheel per USN requirements; 1 x 37mm cannon OR 1 x 12.7mm machine gun as main armament; 2 x 7.62mm machine guns; 1 x Allison XV-1710-6 12-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine of 1,150 horsepower; underwing radiators; arrestor hook; enlarged vertical surfaces; reinforced airframe.