Special Bell XP-59A Airacomet prototype original aluminum rib and stitched fabric 16 x 20-inch relic display.
The XP-59A Airacomet was the first twin jet fighter aircraft produced by the United States. Designed and built by Bell, it was not a serious contender for operational use due to lackluster performance, but it did pave the way for better jets that followed.
This complete and undamaged rib is from this aircraft’s port horizontal stabilizer, a section of which was removed from one of only three XP-59A prototypes not long after World War II. I've had these pieces in my collection for a number of years, but only recently confirmed its origin by uncovering Bell inspection stamps. An extremely significant piece of early American jet-powered aviation history. The chromate-painted aluminum is still covered with perfectly preserved painted and stitched fabric - olive drab on top and gray on the underside. There are two Bell inspection stamps on the metal (see photos).
Open framed canvas with matching custom trim, signed, and ready to hang.
Inspection stamps discovered inside the stab, unique to the Bell 'P-59':
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