Air Force Museum Pics 149: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate, to help alleviate winter riding blues. Below is a picture I took of the Bell P-59B Airacomet, America's first jet fighter. The P-59 was powered by two General Electric J-31s of 1,650 lbs. thrust each that were developed from the British Whittle engine. The P-59 had a top speed of 450 mph, a limited range of 450 miles and a ceiling of 43,400 feet. Designed and built under great secrecy in the early 1940s, Bell eventually built over 50 of the A and B models. The plane was, however, significantly under powered. It is notable that the first XP-59A was shipped by rail from NY to Muroc (CA) with a fake propeller attached to the nose to disguise the true nature of the plane. Below is a video of that development.