Photo of the Day: Oct. 5, 2012

Bell P-59B Airacomet in flight. The B-59 was the first jet powered aircraft operated by the U.S. Military.(U.S. Air Force photo)

Continuing with our “Vintage Friday” theme, and since we mentioned the first submarine in last week’s post, here is the first U.S. jet fighter the B-59.

Tech Specs Courtesy USAF:
Armament: One 37mm cannon and three .50-cal machine guns
Engines: Two General Electric I-16s of 1,650 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 450 mph
Cruising speed: 320 mph
Range: 440 miles
Service ceiling: 43,400 ft.
Span: 45 ft. 6 in.
Length: 38 ft. 10 in.
Height: 11 ft. 11 3/4 in.
Weight: 10,532 lbs. loaded

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