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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Detroit-Lockheed YP-24
Detroit-Lockheed YP-24 3/4 front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The YP-24 was an experimental pursuit plane, a two-place, low-wing fighter, with retractable landing gear designed by Detroit Aircraft Corp. engineer Robert J. Woods. Metal-skinned fuselage built in Detroit, Mich., and wooden wing plus final assembly done at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in Burbank, Calif. Lockheed termed it the XP-900.

It was completed in 1931, and sent to Dayton, Ohio, for testing on Sept. 29, 1931. Air Corps contracted for five Y1P-24s and five YA-9s (attack bomber version), but they were never completed, as Detroit-Lockheed went bankrupt in 1931. Designer Woods went with Consolidated Aircraft in Buffalo, N.Y., which continued styling in a new ship designated the Y1P-25, further continued as the P-30 and P-30A.

The original and only YP-24 was destroyed on Oct. 19, 1931, after the landing gear malfunctioned (wouldn't extend) and the pilot was forced to bail out.

Type Number built/
YP-24 1 Low wing, two place monoplane
Y1P-24 0 Project canceled


Armament: One .30-cal. and one .50-cal. machine gun firing through the propeller; one .30-cal. gun aft.
Engine: Curtiss V-1570-23 Conqueror of 602 hp
Maximum speed: 214.5 mph
Service ceiling: 26,400 ft.
Range: 556 miles
Span: 42 ft. 9.25 in.
Length: 28 ft. 9 in.
Serial number: 32-320

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