Bell P-59 Airacomet

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Bell P-59 Airacomet
Bell P-59 Airacomet in flight.
Role Fighter jet
National origin USA.
Manufacturer Bell Aircraft
First flight 1942
Introduction 1944
Status Out of service
Primary user US Army Air Force
Produced 1943-1945
Number built 66 examples

The Bell P-59 Airacomet is an American military aircraft. It was the first fighter jet designed and built in the United States. It was used in World War II against Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe fighters, but it was far below the best enemy aircraft of the time. It was finally replaced in end of 1946 by the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. The last one was retired in 1949.