Type: Shipboard Interceptor and Fighter-Bomber
Origin: Bell Aircraft Corporation
First Flight: May 13, 1940
Production: 1 Prototype (BuAer No. 1588)
Model: Allison XV-1710-6
Type: 12-Cylinder Vee aircooled engine
Number: One Horsepower: 1,150 hp
Wing span: 35 ft. 0 in.
Length: 29 ft. 9-1/8 in.
Height: 12 ft. 9-2/3 in.
Lifting Surface Area: 232 sq. ft.
Empty: 5,161 lb.
Loaded: 6,651 lb.
Loaded: 7,212 lb.
307 mph at Sea level
336 mph at 10,000 ft.
322 mph at 20,000 ft.
Economical Cruising Speed: 160 mph
Time To Climb:
To 10,000 ft.: 3 minutes 45 seconds
To 20,000 ft.: 9 minutes 12 seconds
Service Ceiling: 30,900 ft. (10,545m)
Maximum Range: 1,072 miles
60% Power: 4.9 hours
90% Power: 2 hours
Max. Power: 1.2 hours
Two 0.3 in machine guns
One .50 machine gun or 37mm cannon.
The XFL-1 was based on a navalized version of the XP-39 and resulted from a U.S. Navy contract placed on November 8, 1939. Difficlulties with the Allison engine combined with the type failing carry trials lead to the design being abandoned in early 1942.
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