|Manufacturer||Bell Aircraft Corporation|
|Status||Cancelled 25 November 1941|
The Bell XP-52 was an unusual United States fighter aircraft design by the Bell Aircraft Corporation. It was submitted as part of a United States Army Air Corps competition held in the winter of 1939.
The fuselage was round and barrel-shaped, with the pilot in the nose and the piston engine behind him, driving a pair of contra-rotating propellers at the rear of the fuselage in a pusher configuration. The wings were mid-fuselage and swept back at an angle of 20 degrees, and the horizontal stabilizer was connected at each end to booms from the wings, similar to the P-38 Lightning's layout.
The design was one of six chosen for further development, but was then canceled 25 November 1941 in favor of a new design called the XP-59, which was unrelated to the later jet-powered Bell P-59 Airacomet.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Bell XP-59
- Saab 21
- Curtiss XP-55 Ascender
- Kyushu J7W
- Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
- De Havilland Vampire
- List of military aircraft of the United States
- List of fighter aircraft
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