Bell XP-77

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The XP-77 was an experimental all-wood lightweight single-seat fighter which was designed at a time when a shortage of aluminum alloy metals for aircraft appeared imminent.

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(updated February 2009)

Bell XP-77

Type:           single-seat fighter
Crew:           1
Armament:       one 20mm cannon
                two .50 cal machine guns

        Length:         22' 10.5" (6.9 m)
        Height:         8' 2"
        Wingspan:       27' 6" (8.38 m)
        Wing area:      100 sq. ft (9.29 sq. m)
        Weight empty:   2855 lb
        Weight max:     4028 lb max at takeoff

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Ranger V-770-7 12-cylinder inline
        Horsepower:     575 hp

        Max speed:      330 mph at 4000 ft.
        Ceiling:        30,100 ft.
        Range:          550 miles

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