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- Jan 22, 2006
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The Bell X-5 test plane was largely based on the Messerschmitt P.1101
Post number 64 in "unknown aircraft from Bell"Source: Bell Aircraft. AJ Pelletier. Ed. Putnam
US troops discovered a Messerschmitt P.1011 prototype on 29 April 1945. It was 80% completed. Bell borrowed it in 1948 and decided to fly it with a J35 engine but the aircraft was too damaged. Then, the Bell team decided to produce a design based on it and show their proposal to the Air Force in late 1948 but the Engineering Division stated that it was unable to carry enough fuel and armament to be a good interceptor. Bell proposed building two experimental aircraft to prove the validity of the concept, that was the Bell Model 60 / NACA X-5. Several fighter projects were studied from 1949 to 1951. A single 5,200 lb J35-A-17 would have been the powerplant (720 mph at sea level). Armament: 46 rockets and nose mounted AN/APS-19A radar.