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Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:25:27 pm »
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In 1943 a secret delegation brought several jet engines from the U.K. to the United States to show US manufactures the latest turbojets.  Bell and G.E. were selected to investigate a new fighter to demonstrate this jet technology. 

As a secret side project codenamed BUNSEN, several manufacturers were asked to see what existing fighters could be adapted for jet power.  The specification called for the minimal amount of modifications possible with the hope that overseas depots could make the switch from piston to jet power.

Bell, Lockheed and others responded with prototypes.  The jet P-38 was covered here: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,38594.msg632566.html#msg632566

Bell had an inside track and took a close look at the P-39, which was deemed light enough for a single engine....

 
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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 12:57:50 pm »
Was there a companion project named BEAKER?

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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 01:39:17 pm »
Was there a companion project named BEAKER?

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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 06:13:04 am »
Out with the V-12



The Welland engine from the Dragon Meteor Kit is really superb.





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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 06:23:20 am »
It would be cool if someone get a Bell P-63 Kingcobra with the Meteor's engines, as it was currently under development during 1943. :)
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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 01:33:04 pm »
This aught to be good.

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Re: Project Bunsen- Jet P-39
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 09:34:28 pm »
Great project and good start! Congratulations! :thumbsup:
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