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Model Military Number Name
1938 12* P-39 Airacobra
1941 33 P-63 Kingcobra
1942 27 P-59 Airacomet
1946 44 X-1  
1951   X-5  
1956 204 UH-1 Iroquois
1962 206 OH-58 Kiowa
1965 209 AH-1 Cobra
* initial model number
Laurence Bell worked for both the Glenn L. Martin and Consolidated Aircraft companies before forming his own aircraft company in 1935 when Consolidated relocated to San Diego.

Bell Aircraft developed the P-39 Airacobra and the P-59 Airacomet (the first American jet aircraft).

Directly after World War II, Bell Aircraft was at the forefront of the U.S. military's experimental aircraft work and produced the world's first supersonic aircraft, the

Bell Aircraft was a pioneer in helicopter development in the U.S. and the Model 47 of 1946 was the first helicopter to receive civil certification.  Bell also advanced helicopter technology by introducing a turbine-powered helicopter--the UH-1 Iroquois or "Huey".

Bell Aircraft became part of Textron in 1960.


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