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In our fifth article in a series on the Bell D188A (a.k.a. XF-109 / XF3L) supersonic VTOL fighter of the late 1950s, we present the second portion of a huge Bell design data summary from November 1957. To view the report in detail, please click through the image gallery above, which reproduces the Structures and Weights, Systems, Design Considerations, Growth Potential, Development Program, Conclusions, and Recommendations sections of the report. These feature many interesting illustrations along with a detailed technical analysis of the aircraft.

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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