Bell XFL-1 Airabonita
Страна: США
Год: 1940

Единственный экземпляр
The XFL-1 Airabonita experimental shipboard fighter which failed carrier qualification trials.
The sole Bell XFL-1 Airabonita was plagued by engine and undercarriage problems and was passed over in favour of the Vought F4U Corsair.
Белл XFL-1 "Аэробонита" - конкурент "Корсара"
Before ... in 1938 Bell offered a navalised version of the P-39 Airacobra, the XFL-1 Airabonita, in response to the US Navy’s request for a light high-performance shipborne fighter.Broadly similar to the P-39, the XFL-1 featured a taildragger undercarriage, taller fin, arrester hook, strengthened airframe, larger wing and shorter fuselage...
... and after. The Airabonita’s remains in their final inverted resting place at Pax River. Note the relocation of the main wheels to the leading edge of the wing. The tube at the nose end is the control column torque tube.
An ignominious ending for the Airabonita, seen here inverted, and one of the Ar 234Bs, in a photo taken at Pax River at low tide in 1976.
Sharing the same section of shoreline in this photo taken by Chris Koberg in 1976 are one of the Ar 234Bs and the Bell XFL-1 Airabonita, both slowly becoming obscured as soil is dumped over the escarpment in attempts to stabilise the riverbank