Pelletier, A. J.


Putnam, 1st ed., 1992. 255 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 28 x 20cm. FINE. This volume describes the history of the company behind Bell aircraft and all of its products. It covers the limited success of many innovative designs including the development of the P-39 Airacobra and P-63 Kingcobra fighters. In 1941 the USAAF asked Bell to undertake a jet fighter design which resulted in P-59 Airacomet. Bell’s outstandingly successful family of Bell helicopters are also featured here, including the Bell 47 which first flew in December 1945 and was the first commercial helicopter to achieve US type approval, as well as the Sioux, Iroquois, Cobra, HueyCobra, SeaCobra, Kiowa, JetRanger and SeaRanger. Each type is well illustrated.

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