by Robert Ferrero
Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale P-59A Airacomet is available online from
The Bell P-59 Airacomet holds the unique
distinction of being the first gas turbine, or turbojet, powered
airplane to be built and flown in the United States of America.
Hobbycraft recently released two versions of this
aircraft, a YP59-A prototype and an operational P-59A. I chose to build
the P-59A which featured vertical fin and wing tip modifications.
Here are several images of a P-59A stationed at Van Nuys, California in
1948. The aircraft was eventually restored and placed in a position of
honor in the year 2000 as the first aircraft you see upon entering the
March Field Museum.
The only addition to the Hobbycraft bits was a Cutting Edge cockpit.
This is a beautifully designed resin offering. Because the in box
cockpit is simplified, I consider it an essential component if you are
planning to display your project with the canopy open.
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2003 by Robert Ferrero
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25 March, 2004
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