NEW FIGHTER PLANE ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT

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NEW FIGHTER PLANE ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT

From YANK Magazine

A revolutionary propeller less fighter plane soon will be in production, the WD announces. The new plane is powered by two jet-propulsion engines and is capable of flights “at high altitudes and extreme speed.” Experimental models have been flown successfully on hundreds of test missions here and in England. The plane is controlled much like the conventional pursuit ship except that there is no vibration and noise in the pilot’s cockpit is lessened. British residents who heard early models in flight report that they sounded like giant whistling tea kettles. Jet-propulsion engines were originally British design, but test models were made in the U.S. by General Electric, and the plane was made by Bell Aircraft.



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The Bell P-59 Airacomet

The WD also announces that a new night fighter, the P-61, is in production. Known as the “Black Widow,” the plane is powered by two Pratt and Whitney engines and is described as “having a fairly long range and possessing effective speed and climb characteristics.”

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A Northrup P-61 Black Widow in flight.

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A P-61 Black Widow of the 425th Night Fighter Squadron based in Scorton, England.



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