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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet

The XP-53 was proposed by Curtiss as a replacement for the P-40. Two prototypes, designed for the Continental XIV-1430-3 inverted Vee engine, were ordered in October 1940 and looked similar to the P-40; however, soon after construction began, the Air Corps revised the requirement for a British V-1650-powered aircraft. Curtiss completed the second XP-53 with the Merlin engine, which was redesignated XP-60 by the AAF. The first XP-53 was used as a static testbed and was never flown.

Type Number built/
XP-53 2 One as testbed; one modified to XP-60

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