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The story is widely circulated that the contract for, and data on, the GE I-63-powered* XP-59B design was transferred to Lockheed. The Skunk Works then applied that data to a refined concept powered by the Halford H.1 (later DH Goblin). The end result was the Lockheed L 140/XP-80.

Can anyone validate this story or know its origin?

[* Baugher says a single GE I-16/J31 ]
 

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I found this online - anyone know who drew it? -SP
 

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Steve Pace said:
I found this online - anyone know who drew it? -SP

I could be wrong, but this looks like typical Green/Swanborough material to me.
 

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It looks very much like the XP-59B 3-view from 'Bell Aircraft since 1935' by Alain J Pelletier, Putnam, 1992.
Identical relative positions of front, upper and side view.

Solid black air intakes in front view, solid black tires, absence of wheel positions in front view and Putnam's size bar are the only differences.
 

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Related patent
 

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Steve Pace said:
sienar said:
Related patent
WOW! How cool is this!! Thanks so much!!! -SP


There is another from the same time and same people. Probably an alternate layout that was studied.
 

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sienar said:
Steve Pace said:
sienar said:
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WOW! How cool is this!! Thanks so much!!! -SP


There is another from the same time and same people. Probably an alternate layout that was studied.
Very interesting, indeed. Thank you! I need your full name for proper crediting. -SP
 

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Steve Pace said:
Very interesting, indeed. Thank you! I need your full name for proper crediting. -SP

Not that I mean to diminish anyone's contribution here, but all this patent art can easily be found on Google Patents with the proper keywords. It's not like somebody actually researched library archives and dug it out for all to see...
 

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That intake under the wing would have been a very bad idea me thinks.
 

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The drawing Steve Page is askin' for more info (rep#4) is taken
from : Air Force Legends number 208 "Bell P-59 Airacomet"

Page 25 . A lot of contributors are mentioned but not
a particular one for the drawing.
 

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lark said:
The drawing Steve Page is askin' for more info (rep#4) is taken
from : Air Force Legends number 208 "Bell P-59 Airacomet"

??????

The book you're mentioning is on my bookshelf and it was written by... Steve Pace himself!!!

So why would he ask for more info about his own book?
 

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Mr. Ginter inserted it after the fact and I asked him who it was by and he said he can't remember...."SO DON'T CREDIT IT."
 

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Apart from the 1992 Bell title, Alain J Pelletier also wrote Putnam's 'Beech Aircraft and their Predecessors' in 1994.
Peter W Brooks wrote Putnam's 'Zeppelin: Rigid Airships 1893-1940' in 1992.
John Wegg wrote Putnam's 'General Dynamics and their predecessors' in 1990.
Hans G Andersson wrote Putnam's 'Saab Aircraft since 1937' in 1989.

In the Beech, Zeppelin, General Dynamics and Saab prefaces, the authors thank Carl G Ahremark for producing most/all of the general arrangement drawings.

Who drew the image - I believe that would be Carl-Gustaf Ahremark.
 

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Steve Pace said:
Mr. Ginter inserted it after the fact and I asked him who it was by and he said he can't remember...."SO DON'T CREDIT IT."

Oh, okay... Thanks for explaining, it didn't seem very logical from the outside but now it makes sense! ;)
 

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