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VULTEE XP-54

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose 3/4 front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The XP-54 Swoose Goose, Vultee Model 70, was designed as a fast interceptor using the Pratt & Whitney X-1800-4AG engine. When the engine program was canceled, the aircraft was redesigned for the Lycoming XH-2470 and redesignated Vultee Model 84. The first of two XP-54s built made its initial flight on Jan. 15, 1943, and flew 86 times before it was grounded by engine problems. The second aircraft flew only once.

The XP-54 nose section had a very unusual design. It tilted slightly upward when firing its 37mm cannon to increase the firing range while the .50-cal. machine guns were tilted down at the same time.

Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XP-54 2 Pusher aircraft (S/N 41-1210 and 42-108994)

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Two 37mm cannon and two .50-cal. machine guns
Engine: Lycoming XH-2470 of 2,200 hp
Maximum speed: 381 mph at 28,500 ft.
Service ceiling: 37,000 ft.
Range: 500 miles
Span: 53 ft. 10 in.
Length: 54 ft. 9 in.
Height: 13 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 15,262 lbs. empty/18,233 lbs. gross

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