Sep 182011
 


In our sixth article in a series on the Bell D188A (a.k.a. XF-109 / XF3L) supersonic VTOL fighter of the late 1950s, we present the final portion of a huge Bell design data summary from November 1957, which features 63 drawings of the aircraft and its various components. Please click through the gallery above to view these drawings in high resolution.

All images from NARA Archives II, College Park, MD, RG 72

Sources:

Report No. D188A-945-214, “Navy VTOL Fighter Program, Volume 1: Summary of Design Data,” Bell Aircraft Corporation, November 15, 1957, in the files of the National Archives II at College Park, MD, RG 72

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