This beautiful Bell Aircraft Corporation
image is marred somewhat by the fact that the aircraft
no serial number whatever. This twin pusher engined multiplace
fighter (the only aircraft
the FM type designation other than a design-only Lockheed XFM-2) was
have a 37mm cannon in each of the nacelle positions. It first
flew on 1 September 1937 and
certainly a revolutionary concept at that time.
Unfortunately it was plagued with both engine
general performance problems and, in the event, only nine YFM-1 and
three YFM-1A (with
landing gear) pre-production models were ever built.