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The Bellringer is published monthly by the Bell Aircraft Corporation, Buffalo, New York. The magazine's format is 8-1/2" x 11" with 24 pages.

The Bellringer 1941 01
The Bellringer 1941 01
Vol. 1 No. 2 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Army Air Corps Concludes Tests of P-39 Pursuit Plane ... From Two Rooms in '35 to 675,000 Square Feet ... Why an Extension Drive Shaft? ( Airacobra ) ... Here is G. W. "Jerry" Comstock, Chief Dispatcher ... Structual Testing

The Bellringer 1941 02
The Bellringer 1941 02
Vol. 1 No. 3 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Why Dive Test? / By "Bob" Stanley - Test Pilot ..... 620 Miles Per Hour ..... Tricycle Gear in Production - A breif description and advantages obtained by use of the Tricycle Gear on the P-39 Airplane, by F. P. Bassett, Assistant Project Engineer ..... National Unity and Bell Aircraft ..... Ringing the Bell - Departments' News ..... O. L. Woodson...Assistant General Manager - A Pioneer in Aviation "Woody's" Experiences and Acomplishments Would Fill Several Volumes. ..... Keeping Up with the Belles ..... Recent Visitors to Our Plant ..... The Bell Training Program - A solution to the aircraft industry's ever increasing problem of securing additional skilled craftsmen. ..... George B. Fuller ..... Leonard J. Kline ..... On Salvage and Scrap / N. A. Kauffman ..... Advertising - Another Form of Business Insurance

The Bellringer 1941 03
The Bellringer 1941 03
Vol. 1 No. 4 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Lieut. Colonel Arthur E. Simonin ... Inventions - How they are encouraged and handled at Bell Aircraft Corporation ... Guinea Pig by "Fritz" Townsend, Chief of Aerodynamics Dept. ... Max Stupar - Corodinator of Manufacturing ... The Inspection Department by Keith Hight, Chief

The Bellringer 1941 04
The Bellringer 1941 04
Vol. 1 No. 5 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... O.K. for Delivery - That's the final word of the Hanger Crew who tune up, "Rev Up", and fuel Airacobras for their initial Takeoff. ... Spotwelding is becoming an important factor in aircraft production ... One of Aviation's Young Veterans - Ray Whitman ... Bell Aircraft Service Division by Arthur L. Fornoff

The Bellringer 1941 05
The Bellringer 1941 05
Vol. 1 No. 6 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... The Airacobras Can Take It ... Your Badge is Your Uniform by Mark J. Henehan ... Vincent J. Dolan - Puchasing Agent - Marketing with Millions ... Bell Veterans Inducted - VFW Post No. 959 ... Test Pilot Joins Staff - Frank Kelly ... Cobras in Action - 39th Pursuit Squadron ... "Keep 'Em Rolling"

The Bellringer 1941 06
The Bellringer 1941 06
Vol. 1 No. 7 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Major General Arnold Visits Bell ... Building the Niagara Falls Plant ... Where the 'Cobras Take Off ... Lynn D. Gifford - Asst. Factory Manager Niagara Falls Plant ... The Production Plan behind Bell Aircraft's Niagra Falls Assembly Plant ... 600 New Homes for Bell Employees

The Bellringer 1941 07
The Bellringer 1941 07
Vol. 1 No. 8 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... "Keep 'Em Flying" ... Expanded Plant Facilities ... Airport Crew has Moving Day ... The Men of the Bell Police Department ... Where to Live? ... Veteran Flyer Joins Flight Staff - Mark Heaney ... Detouring to an Aviation Career - Frank M. Salisbury ... Visibility - See Where You Are Going ... Winning Wings

The Bellringer 1941 08
The Bellringer 1941 08
Vol. 1 No. 9 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Airacobras to Britain ... Tanks in the Sky ... Production Pushers ... The Press Department ... Training for Bell Firefighters ... 'Round the Clock ... Flight Research Staff Increased - Jack Woolams ... Aircraft Production - Then and Now ... The Planning Engineer

The Bellringer 1941 09
The Bellringer 1941 09
Vol. 1 No. 10 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Bell Continues to Grow - Expansion at Niagara falls ... Rookies become Regulars ... Veteran Bellringers Have A Party ... The 'Cobras Score A Hit! - With RAF ... + or - .0002" ... The Man Everybody Should Know - Charles L. Beard ... The Plant Within a Plant ... Crating 'Cobras

The Bellringer 1941 10
The Bellringer 1941 10
Vol. 1 No. 11 ....... Cover: Selfridge - Just before maneuvers ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Another Spur to Bell Developement ... 'Cobras Like Clockwork ... Ordnance Material Control ... From Drawing Board to Delivery ... Why A Sales Department? ... The City of Contrasts! - $$ Millions for Defense Homes ... The Flying Bellringer - Fred Schoellkopf ... Airacobra Eyes - Plexiglas ... Telephone Troubles ... Flight Research Staff Augmented - Arthur W. Nelson ... Know Your Job!

The Bellringer 1941 11
The Bellringer 1941 11
Vol. 1 No. 12 ....... Cover: Bell's Giant Drophammers in Action See "Formfitting the Airacobra" - in this issue ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Bell is Digging in! - New Expansion ... Flight Research by Bob Stanley "Chief Test Pilot" ... Bomber Parts Division Organized ... More Homes For Defense Workers! ... Power Preview - Motor Tests ... Formfitting the Airacobra ... War in the South! - Army War Games ... Bell's Better Rivets ...He Had the Jobs He Wanted - C. Earl Fonda ... Bell Fixiteers ... Clearing House for Craftsmen ... Airacobra Exhibits ... Saving Sight

The Bellringer 1941 12
The Bellringer 1941 12
Vol. 2 No. 1 ....... Cover: Christmas in England ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Production Life-Line ... Midnight Oil Burners ... Men Who Count - Accounting Dept. ... "Cobras Battle for Britian! ... "Toughest Job of All" - Chief Engineer Harland M. Poyer ... 'Cobras Win Citation

The Bellringer 1942 01
The Bellringer 1942 01
Vol. 2 No. 2 ....... Cover: See "Ready!" in this issue - the story of Airacobras in Southern Maneuvers ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Bell's Answer! ... United We Stand! ... Keyed-Up for Production ... Tube benders ... It is Worthwhile! ... Ready! ... On Guard! - U.S. Army Guards arrive December 8th ... "Loafers Wanted - Tool Design Engineer Arthur A. Schwartz

The Bellringer 1942 02
The Bellringer 1942 02
Vol. 2 No. 3 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... No Bombs Shall Fall! ... "He May Be Down, But-" - Former Ace RAF Pilot Edward "Bing" Gunn ... They Won't Let It Happen Here! ... Bell's Machine Shop ... "Give Us The Tools" ... Wing Homes ... Lofting - Bell's Production Multiplier ... The Production Specialist - Niagara Falls Plant Superintendent George L. Campbell ... Speeding Bomber Parts

The Bellringer 1942 03
The Bellringer 1942 03
Vol. 2 No. 4 ....... Cover: General Douglas MacArthur - "We won't let him down!" Photograph by Harris & Ewing ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Former Police Commissioner Roche Bell's Director of Plants Protection ... The Belles toil for Victory ... Bell's Bombardiers ... Bell's "Forty-Niners" - Dept. 49 Electrical Crib ... "We Will Do It" - FDR's call for 60,000 planes ... Cable Splicing ... Wings for the 'Cobra ... When We Wuz Kids ... "What this country needs most .. " - V.P. Harry E. Collins ... Griffon Manor

The Bellringer 1942 04
The Bellringer 1942 04
Vol. 2 No. 5 ....... Cover: Wings Of World Freedom ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Georgia Gives Bell A Big Southern "Howdy!" - Future Plant ... Bell's Bandage Brigade ... Controlling 'Cobras ... Adventure in Aviation - address by Max Stupar ... "Production Line to Fighting Line" - Ferrying Command ... When we Wuz Kids ... Tinkering With Success - Plant Engineer Robert L. Stevens ... Bell Welcomes Southern Trainees

The Bellringer 1942 05
The Bellringer 1942 05
Vol. 2 No. 6 ....... Cover: The Navy "E" flies over BELL! ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Meet John Meade! ... We're On the Offensive! ... That New Building Out Front ... Airacobra Fliers ... New Stretcher Invented ... Scrapping's Their Job! ... It's Camp Cataract Now! ... The Navy "E" flies over BELL! ... When We Wuz Kids ... Straight Shootin' Police

The Bellringer 1942 06
The Bellringer 1942 06
Vol. 2 No. 7 ....... Cover: "The Sky's Their Limit!" - the story of Flight Research on Pages 12 and 13 in this issue ....... Articles inside this issue: ... "Improve and Speed Production" ... Victory Accelerators ... No Lone Riders! ... Employee's Store Moved ... Safety Snoods for the Belles ... Recruiting for Production ... Highways Become 'Cobra Runways ... "The Sky's Their Limit!" - Bell's Test Pilots ... Keeping Up With the Belles ... Assumes Command At Selfridge - Lt. Colonel William T. Colman ... Keeping Quality on the Beam ... Major Kimball Promoted ... "We're With You Soldier!"

The Bellringer 1942 07
The Bellringer 1942 07
Vol. 2 No. 8 ....... Cover: Learning to be Airacobra Specialists at Bell's "Keep'Em Flying Schools" - pages 4 and 5 in this issue ....... Articles inside this issue: ... "Cobrastochka!" - "Dear little Cobra" called by Russian pilots ... "Keep'Em Flying Schools" ... New Test Pilots Join Flight Research Staff - Douglas T. Mitchell and Floyd W. Carlson ... They're on Their Metal! ... Lone Riders Disappearing! ... Army Men at Bell Promoted - Major Charles H. Hastings, Jr. and Major William A. Filer ... It's Your Flag By Hal C. White - Delta Air Lines, Atanta, Georgia ... Nesmen Impressed by Visit to Bell ... From The "Bonnie Banks of The Clyde-" Factory manager Emerson D. "Scotty" Lapsley

The Bellringer 1942 08
The Bellringer 1942 08
Vol. 2 No. 9 ....... Cover: Jap Zeros Blasted by Army "Airacobra Ace" See Pages 12 and 13 ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Airacobras on All Fighting Fronts ... Training for Leadership ... From Show "Biz" to Production "Whiz" - James Whiteley ... Share-The-Ride Campaign Reduces Number of Cars in Use By 700! ... Trailblazers of Volume for Victory - George Nicoll and Dept. 60 ... Jewish Veterans Donate 'Cobra - Named "Star of David" ... We're in the Army Now! - Bell Police Force Sworn in as MP's ... "Airacobra Ace" - Lt. Paul G. Brown ... When We Wuz Kids ... Engineering and Office Dance ... "The 'Cobra 'Keep 'Em Flying' Coprs"

The Bellringer 1942 09
The Bellringer 1942 09
Vol. 2 No. 10 ....... Cover: "Free Labor Will Win" ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Spare Parts ... First Aiders Graduate ... Production Oilers ... Gas Rationing Facilitated ... Be A Life Saver! ... "2 'Cobras .... 73 Nazis" - Air Battle in Russia ... New Test Pilot - Gerald A. Demming ... Our Second Front ... Belle Service Trainees ... Ordnance Clambake ... Camp Cataract Alumni Increases ... "Sons O' Fun" - Comedy Team visits

The Bellringer 1942 10
The Bellringer 1942 10
Vol. 2 No. 11 ....... Cover: "Only The Beginning..." ....... Articles inside this issue: ... "Only The Beginning..." - Army-Navy "E" Award ... "Production Oilers" Honored ... More About Gas Rationing ... Putting The Heat On Production - Gas Welding ... Press for Victory - New 30' High Hydraulic Press ... Vox Pop at Bell ... Flame Foilers ... Service Takes The Field ... Airacobras in Warner Bros. Film "Airforces"

The Bellringer 1942 11
The Bellringer 1942 11
Vol. 2 No. 12 ....... Cover: "From Sheets to Ships" ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Plane Manufactures Pool Resources ... 'Cobras Blasting Japs! ... "Bell Aircraft" - Telephone Operators ... New Test Pilots Norman W. Swenson, Richard N. Kraschel and Robert F. Morris ... "Cobra Ground Pilots" ... "From Sheets to Ships" - Sheet Metal ... Scrapping for an Axis "KO" ... "My Mommys a war worker!" ... "OK" For Take Off ... Another Camp Cataract Class Graduates

The Bellringer 1942 12
The Bellringer 1942 12
Vol. 3 No. 1 ....... Cover: "Faith Christmas 1942." This unusual work of art, by Bill Schieder, is meant to convey the spirit of all America as this first year of war draws to a close. Through the dark clouds of war shines the promise of the Babe of Bethlehem, a promise that the Brotherhood of Man will ultimately prevail. ....... Articles inside this issue: ... Pearl Harbor's on Our Minds! ... "Service a la Part" ... More Camp Cataract Grads ready for Action ... Pressing for Production - Dept. 51 ... Scrap Roundup ... "Cannoneers of the Clouds" - Lt. Clyde G. Rice and Lt. Gerald R. Johnson ... Films to "Keep 'Em Flying" ... Record Flight from "Down Under" ... "So Proudly We Hail" - Report from Russia ...

The Bellringer 1943 01
The Bellringer 1943 01
Vol. 3 No. 2 Cover: Five-year pin wearer, Joseph Harnisch, assistant foreman 2nd shift of Dept. 37, is shown dropping his "Victory Idea" into one of the suggestion boxes located at convenient points in Bell Plants. Kodachrome by staff photographer Fred New.

The Bellringer 1943 02
The Bellringer 1943 02
Vol. 3 No. 3 Cover: Grey clouds, only less ominous looking than the cannon-carrying Airacobras, provide an unusual background for this Kodachrome flight shot. It was taken by Bell's Chief Photographer, Jay Baxtresser over a base "somewhere in Florida."

The Bellringer 1943 03
The Bellringer 1943 03
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The Bellringer 1943 04
The Bellringer 1943 04
Vol. 3 No. 5 Cover: The fangs of the 'Cobra its complete armament. This fearful array of firing power machine guns and 37mm cannons makes the P-39 a dreaded power on any fighting front. Ferry Pilots, left to right, Lt. Dwight L. Dir, Jr., Lt. Joseph A. Berube, Lt. Jack D. Dieckman and Lt. Kenneth V. Benesh demonstrate the armament in this graphic picture taken by Photographer Charles Heckman.

The Bellringer 1943 05
The Bellringer 1943 05
Vol. 3 No. 6 Cover: Destruction-dealing 'Cobras, piloted by daredevils of the 42nd Fighter Squadron, rain cannon shells and machine gun bullets on Jap-held Kiska. This colorfully descriptive scene of an Alaskan raid is by Staff Artist Bill Schieder.

The Bellringer 1943 06
The Bellringer 1943 06
Vol. 3 No. 7 Cover: A tribute to the United States Army Air Corps!!! These are insignias of P-39 equipped squadrons, the heroic men of the skyways who find, film or fight the enemy. Sketched By Staff Artist Bill Schieder.

The Bellringer 1943 07
The Bellringer 1943 07
Vol. 3 No. 8 Cover: "Let Freedom Ring in Every Land!"an inspirational design by Staff Artist Bill Schieder. Flags of the United Nations form the background typifying the wall of a home, with a picture of the Airacobra and "Old Glory" as co-partners in bringing Victory with Freedom to all the world.

The Bellringer 1943 08
The Bellringer 1943 08
Vol. 3 No. 9 Cover: Airacobra Aces meet again on the flight line at the Army Air Forces' School of Applied Tactics, Orlando, Fla. Left to right: Capt. William D. Coleman, Lt. Robert W. Yundt, Col. Walter B. Putnam and Capt. Frank Adkins, in Command of the 81st Fighter Group.

The Bellringer 1943 09
The Bellringer 1943 09
Vol. 3 No. 10 Cover: 'Cobras are now being given the new "star and bar" insigne of the Army Air Forces. The two Belles shown are Stella Wojciesiak and Pauline Metka of Dspartment 47. Kodachrome by Art Melgier.

The Bellringer 1943 10
The Bellringer 1943 10
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The Bellringer 1943 11
The Bellringer 1943 11
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The Bellringer 1943 12
The Bellringer 1943 12
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The Bellringer 1944 01
The Bellringer 1944 01
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The Bellringer 1944 02
The Bellringer 1944 02
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The Bellringer 1944 03
The Bellringer 1944 03
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The Bellringer 1944 04
The Bellringer 1944 04
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The Bellringer 1944 05
The Bellringer 1944 05
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The Bellringer 1944 06
The Bellringer 1944 06
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The Bellringer 1944 07
The Bellringer 1944 07
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The Bellringer 1944 08
The Bellringer 1944 08
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The Bellringer 1944 09
The Bellringer 1944 09
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The Bellringer 1944 10
The Bellringer 1944 10
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The Bellringer 1944 11
The Bellringer 1944 11
Vol. 4 No. 12 Cover: Bell's famous P-59 Airacomet soars through the blue desert skies. Kodachrome by Jay Baxtresser.

The Bellringer 1945 01
The Bellringer 1945 01
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The Bellringer 1945 02
The Bellringer 1945 02
Vol. 5 No. 3 Cover: Kingcobras lined up on Niagara Falls Airport, ready for the first leg of the journey across the Arctic wastes of Siberia to join the Soviet Air Forces. Kodachrome by Niagara Frontier Division Staff Photographer Helen Gutekunst.

The Bellringer 1945 03
The Bellringer 1945 03
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The Bellringer 1945 04
The Bellringer 1945 04
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