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DOUGLAS P-70

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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The P-70 was developed in 1942 from the Douglas A-20 Havoc for use by the Army Air Corps to fill an urgent need for a night fighter until the first scheduled deliveries of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow in 1943.

The British first used the modified A-20 as a night fighter (Havoc II) and met with some success. The AAF followed suit and modified an A-20 (S/N 39-735) by installing radar and four 20mm cannon in a fuselage pod. The glass nose section of the A-20 was simply painted black in a P-70.

When the P-61 deliveries began, the P-70s were gradually taken out of combat service and used primarily as trainers.


Type Remarks
XP-70 Converted A-20; night fighter
P-70 Converted A-20
P-70A-1 Converted A-20C
P-70A-2 Converted A-20G
P-70B-1 Converted A-20G-10-DO; night fighter
P-70B-2 A-20G and J; trainers for P-61


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Four 20mm cannon
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2600-11 radials of 1,600 hp each
Maximum speed: 338 mph
Service ceiling: 28,250 ft.
Span: 61 ft. 4 in.
Length: 47 ft. 7 in.
Height: 18 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 15,730 lbs. empty/19,750 lbs. gross
Crew: Two

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