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Lorens Bell

Lorens Bell

Lorens Bell, the chapter and chairman of Bell Aircraft Corporation.


Lawrence Dale (Larry) Bell founded the Bell Aircraft Corporation in 1935.

Already in 1936, Bell Aircraft Corporation received a government contract. The corporation has launched the production of the XFM-1 Airacuda military aircraft.

In 1938, the company produced the P-39 Airacobra fighter. This model was widely used in World War II, including in the USSR. The P-39 was flown by the legendary Alexander Pokryshkin, a fighter pilot, three times Hero of the Soviet Union.

In 1946, Bell Aircraft began serial production of the Bell 47 helicopter. In the same year, this helicopter became the first rotary-wing aircraft to receive a license for use in civil aviation.