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#AA-2003   1/72 scale  Bell XP-59A Airacomet  Historic American first jet fighter / prototype


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

20 resin parts


Vac-formed canopy & Decal


Span 207 mm


Length 164 mm


Unit price: US$20

Shipping charge: US$2.50@

Each model kit contents one set of canopy and one sheet of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal


Extra canopy



Aircraft History and Specification

The XP-59A was the first American turbojet-driven fighter which developed in greatest secrecy during World War II. In April 1941, U.S. Army Major-General, Henry "Hap" Arnold had trip as an emissary to Great Britain. He was shown the British top-secret first jet plane, the Gloster E-28/39 prototype. General Arnold was so impressed by this new technology and asked for the engine blueprints to start the American own design. After he returned at United States, he selected General Electric to build the jet-engines; Bell Aircraft Corp was chosen for the airframe design because of its location was near the General Electric plants. Only 13 months later, the first U.S. jet-powered prototype, XP-59A took its first flight to the air in October 1942. After a year for test and evaluation, the P-59 was ordered into production. However, it never got into combat during the war but provided valuable flight data for the process of the next American jet fighter, the Lockheed P-80.










Experimental pursuit aircraft

To commence studies for new jet power unit




2x General Electric 1-A centrifugal jet

390 mph


2x 37mm M4 cannon


Model References

The Bell XP-59A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S.A.A.F. pursuit aircraft in World War II 1939 ~ 1945

Curtiss YP-37

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Bell P-39 Airacobra

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Seversky XP-41

Curtiss XP-42

Republic P-43 Lancer

Republic P-44 Rocket

Bell P-45 (YP-39) Airacobra

Curtiss XP-46

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Douglas XP-48

Lockheed XP-49

Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket

North American P-51 Mustang

Bell XP-52

Curtiss XP-53

Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose

Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet

Tucker XP-57

Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

Bell XP-59A Airacomet

Curtiss XP-60

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Curtiss XP-62

Bell P-63 Kingcobra

North American P-64 (NA-68)

Grumman XP-65 (F7F-1) Tigercat

Vultee P-66 Vanguad

McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat

Vultee XP-68 (XP-54) Tornado

Republic XP-69

Douglas P-70 (A-20) Havoc

Curtiss XP-71

Republic XP-72

Hughes XP-73 (XF-11 / XA-37)

Fisher XP-75

Bell P-76 (XP-39E) Airacobra

Bell XP-77

North American XP-78 (XP-51B) Mustang

Northrop XP-79 Flying Ram

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

Convair XP-81

North American P-82 twin Mustang

Bell XP-83

Aircraft responded to USAAF long-range fighter requirement 1943

Convair XP-81

North American P-82 twin Mustang

Bell XP-83


Jet fighter in World War II

Bell XP-59A Airacomet

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

Ryan FR-1 Fireball

McDonnell FD-1 (FH-1) Phantom

Convair XP-81

Bell XP-83

Curtiss XF15C-1


War -time U.S. experimental aircraft