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The Bell YFM-1 Airacuda was an American heavy fighter aircraft, developed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation
during the mid 1930s. It was the first military aircraft produced by Bell. Originally designated the "Bell
Model 1," the Airacuda first flew on 1 September 1937. The Airacuda was marked by bold design advances and
considerable flaws that eventually grounded the aircraft.
The Airacuda was Bell Aircraft's answer for a "bomber destroyer" aircraft. Although it did see limited
production, and one fully operational squadron was eventually formed, only one prototype and 12 production
models were ultimately built, in three slightly different versions.