National Museum of the USAF   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

Home > Fact Sheets > Curtiss YP-37

CURTISS YP-37

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
Photos
Previous ImageNext Image
Curtiss P-37
Curtiss P-37 3/4 front view (XP-37). (U.S. Air Force photo)
Download HiRes

In the mid-1930s, the Army Air Corps wanted a plane capable of matching the world's fastest pursuit aircraft -- British Hurricanes and Spitfires. When the Allison V-1710 inline engine became available, Curtiss designed an aircraft based on the P-36 for the new engine and guaranteed a top speed of 340 mph. The result was the XP-37, which featured two side-radiators mounted behind the engine and a cockpit well aft of the wing. The cockpit placement, which limited the pilot's forward view, combined with the poor performance of the turbo-supercharger, led to the cancellation of the project; although 13 YP-37 service test models were built around a lengthened fuselage before the project was terminated.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XP-37 1 P-36 base mod. with inline V-1710
YP-37 13 Service test aircraft


TECHNICAL NOTES (XP-37):
Armament: One .30-cal. and one .50-cal. machine gun
Engine: Turbo-supercharged Allison V-1710-11 of 1,000 hp at 20,000 ft.
Maximum speed: 340 mph at 20,000 ft.
Cruising speed: 304 mph
Range: 485 miles
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft.
Span: 37 ft. 4 in.
Length: 31 ft. 0 in.
Height: 9 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 5,272 lbs. empty/6,350 lbs. gross

Click here to return to the Pursuit Aircraft index.







 Inside the Museum

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerAircraft

 


tabCategories
tabRelated Links
tabConnect

Museum Virtual TourMuseum Facebook PageMuseum Twitter PageMuseum Google Plus PageMuseum Pinterest Page
Museum YouTube ChannelMuseum Flickr PageMuseum PodcastsMuseum E-newsletter Sign-upMuseum RSS Feeds



Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act