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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Grumman XP-50
Grumman XP-50 3/4 front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The XP-50, Grumman Model G-41, was based on the Navy XF5F-1 carrier plane modified for a tricycle landing gear. The aircraft was runner-up for the Air Corps Circular Proposal 39-775 competition won by the Lockheed P-49.

The XP-50 crashed into the Long Island Sound on May 14, 1941, during a test flight after the right engine's turbo-supercharger exploded. Further development of the aircraft was halted and design continued on the XP-65, an improved version of the XP-50.

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Type Number built/
XP-50 1 Grumman Model G-41 (S/N 40-3057)

TECHNICAL NOTES (some are estimated values as aircraft crashed before testing was completed):  
Armament: Two 20mm cannon and two .50-cal. machine guns
Engines: Two Wright R-1820-67/69 radials of 1,200 hp each
Maximum speed: 424 mph at 25,000 ft.
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Range: 585 miles
Span: 42 ft. 0 in.
Length: 32 ft. 0 in.
Height: 12 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 8,307 lbs. empty/10,558 lbs. gross

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