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Esel1964
06-24-2006, 01:55 AM
Last night,I saw a documentary that included a piece on the Bell YFM-1 Airacuda,it was the first I'd heard of it.

It was supposed to be a twin-engine 'destroyer';but it had a manned 37 mm cannon(w/100 rd. ea.) in the front of each engine nacelle.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i314/DMFesel/BellYFM1Airacuda.jpg

Like a Pe-8 "in reverse",I guess.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM-1_Airacuda

Esel1964
06-24-2006, 01:55 AM
Last night,I saw a documentary that included a piece on the Bell YFM-1 Airacuda,it was the first I'd heard of it.

It was supposed to be a twin-engine 'destroyer';but it had a manned 37 mm cannon(w/100 rd. ea.) in the front of each engine nacelle.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i314/DMFesel/BellYFM1Airacuda.jpg

Like a Pe-8 "in reverse",I guess.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM-1_Airacuda

msalama
06-24-2006, 02:23 AM
Yeah, it's a weird bird. If memory serves it was too slow and/or unmanouverable for anything serious and was thus phased out pretty rapidly...

PS. "OT"? How come? It's a warbird isn't it!

Esel1964
06-24-2006, 02:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by msalama:
Yeah, it's a weird bird. If memory serves it was too slow and/or unmanouverable for anything serious and was thus phased out pretty rapidly...

PS. "OT"? How come? It's a warbird isn't it! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I went with OT,because it's not 'game related'.Since it's an IL-2 family-related website,I assumed that meant WW2 as a general subject,was OT;if the sim itself is the topic.

Jungmann
06-24-2006, 10:28 AM
Among its many design flaws:

Rearward facing pusher engines, so the front of the two nacelles could be gunner positions with 20mm cannons. Good idea, right? Except what happened if the plane got hit and the gunners had to bail. They'd be jumping into the props. Can you say prosciutto?

Cheers,

woofiedog
06-25-2006, 02:38 AM
http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Hubbard/3508L-2.jpg

http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Hubbard/3508L-1.jpg
Remarks by Gordon Hubbard: "It had V-1710 turbocharged engines. The crew consisted of pilot and gun control officer in the cockpit and a "gun loader" in the front of each engine nacelle. If bail-out became necessary, the engines had to be feathered to prevent killing the crew. In the late '30's and early '40's this was about state of the art."

Remarks by Jack McKillop: "This is one of nine YFM-1s assigned to the 10th Air Base Group (Special), Air Corps Technical Training Command, at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois. Only eight were delivered as one crashed during pre-delivery flight tests. These aircraft were used as instructional airframes for the mechanics being trained at the base. All were eventually scrapped."

Link: http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/airacuda.htm

vocatx
06-25-2006, 10:14 AM
It also had an auxiliary generator to run practically ALL the on-board systems: flaps, landing gear, propellor control. When the generator quit working, which it did often, the flight crew had practically no control.

This would be a great "what if" plane to have in BoB, in my opinion. Hey, if we can have the Horten in FB, why not some of these forgotten prototypes?

LEBillfish
06-25-2006, 10:32 AM
Very kewl plane....from a post I made some time ago here....

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/8217/fgun/fm1-b.jpg

Left, the Bell FM-1 Airacuda was designed around two 37mm M4 cannon in the engine nacelles and their gunnery control system. [26]

The most famous example of such a fighter is the Bell FM-1 Airacuda, a twin-engined aircraft first flown in 1937. The FM-1 was a low-wing monoplane with pusher propellers, driven by turbosupercharged Allison V-1710 engines. This arrangement left room for a 37mm M4 cannon in the nose of each engine nacelle, hydraulically controlled, with a coaxial machinegun to assist in aiming. A gunner in the nose of the FM-1 used a Sperry autopilot, a fire control system originally developed for anti-aircraft cannon, and an optical sight to aim these weapons. Impressive it was, but nobody could find a real need for it, or invent the tactics for its use; and the FM-1 faded into obscurity.

(funny about that.......STuka with cannons, IL2, PE3bis, Me210,410?, Ki-45, Bf110, need I go on?.......)

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/8217/fgun/fgun-bi.html


Woofiedog had a nice writeup there too....here's the thread;
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/947...471091623#9471091623 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/9471091623/r/9471091623#9471091623)

Philipscdrw
06-25-2006, 11:09 AM
What a wonderful aircraft. It should've had explosive bolts in the prop hubs, like the Do-335, to shear the propellor shaft and let the gunners out.

I wouldn't like to be sitting behind a gun that someone else is aiming and firing, to be honest.