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Bell XFM/YFM-1 Airacuda

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From old good Letectvi+Kosmonautika
 

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Re: Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

1939 newsreel that includes Bell YFM-1 Airacuda from the Niagara Aerospace Museum.

http://youtu.be/tDs0SANU3lM
 

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Bell YFM-1 Airacuda at Edmonton from the Rhonda Hageman Family Photo Album.

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Re: Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

I had put the link to an article on the Airacuda a while back.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,443.msg139793.html#msg139793
 

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Bell V-280 Valor Gunship variant

I know that Bell intends to have a gunship varient of the V280, or at least is pitching the idea, but so far I've not been able to find much more than a few publicity illos that really don't give a good view of it. Has anyone found any detailed (text or illo) information about the concept?
 

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Re: Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

Some nice photos. You can see the various improvements tried in this set.


From Niagara Aerospace Museum
 

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Re: Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

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Bell XFM-1 Airacuda

Does anybody have any diagrams of the XFM-1 Airacuda that include a diagram of where the fuel tanks are located?
 

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Re: Bell XFM-1 Airacuda

No cutaway but this thread seems packed with a lot of interesting images of the Airacuda.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792309&page=5
At the mods, could we merge with the existing Airacuda stuff?
 

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;D Mock up

Embodying many innovatory features and designed by Robert J Woods, the FM-1 Airacuda was a five-seat long-range bomber destroyer. Powered by two engines mounted as pushers, the Airacuda accommodated two gunners in forward extensions of the engine nacelles, these crew members being provided with wing crawlways enabling them to gain the fuselage in the event that it proved necessary to evacuate the nacelle gun positions. The prototype, the XFM-1 powered by two 1150hp Allison V-1710-13 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engines driving three-blade propellers via 1.62m extension shafts, was flown on 1 September 1937. Twelve evaluation models were subsequently ordered, nine as YFM-1s and three as YFM-1As which differed in having tricycle undercarriages. Power was provided by 1,150hp Allison V-1710-23s, but three YFM-!s were completed with V-1710-41s of 1,090hp as YFM-1Bs. The 12 YFMs were delivered to the USAAC between February and October 1940, and their armament comprised one 37mm T-9 cannon with 110 rounds in each engine nacelle, one 7.62mm M-2 machine gun with 500 rounds in each of the retractable dorsal turret and ventral tunnel positions, and one 12.7mm M-2 gun firing from each of the port and starboard beam positions. Twenty 13.6kg bombs could be accommodated internally.
FACTS AND FIGURES

© The highly complicated electrical system required a full-time auxiliary petrol motor running inside the fuselage to keep it energized. If it failed (and it did) the pilot lost flaps, gear, fuel pumps and engines.

© The crew in the nacelles were more loaders than gunners. Although they could fire the 27mm cannon, this was normally done by the fire-control officer in the fuselage.

© A periscope under the nose gave the fire-control officer a view behind and below to search for enemy fighters.

Specification
MODEL YFM-1B
CREW 5
WEIGHTS
Take-off weight 8618 kg 19000 lb
DIMENSIONS
Wingspan 21.33 m 70 ft 0 in
Length 14.00 m 46 ft 11 in
Height 3.78 m 12 ft 5 in
Wing area 55.74 m2 599.98 sq ft
PERFORMANCE
Max. speed 431 km/h 268 mph
Range 2687 km 1670 miles
 

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A Bell FM-1 Airacuda mockup at the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory wind tunnel at Hampton, Virginia (USA). Not a "real" aircraft, this full-size mockup of the Bell FM-1 Airacuda was tested in Langley's 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel in 1937.
 

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Here's a nice little article on the Airacuda in War Eagles Air Museum newsletter.

http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com/newsletters/weam_newsletter_2011-4.pdf
 

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From Aerei Nella Story 4-5/2009.
 

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