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The P-59 Airacomet was an early jet fighter operated as an advanced training aircraft by the armed forced of the United States.



In June 1941, the US Government, together with Army Air Corps General 'Hap' Arnold, were informed of Britain's development of the turbojet engine. This led to a request, submitted on 5 Septemb
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er 1941, for Bell Aircraft to develop a jet fighter, to be powered by Whittle style turbojets built by General Electric.

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