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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
Curtiss XP-62
Curtiss XP-62 side view (S/N 41-35873). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The XP-62 was the largest single-seat, single-engine U.S. fighter built during World War II and was the last Curtiss aircraft to fly during the war. Built for the Pratt & Whitney R-3350 radial engine, the XP-62 featured a dual contra-rotating propeller, a pressurized cockpit and was designed for eight 20mm cannon. A production order for 100 aircraft was signed in May 1942 even though the AAF had concerns over poor high altitude performance. When the AAF learned P-62A production would impact the rate Curtiss could deliver P-47G-CUs the entire program was canceled in July 1942.

Type Number built/
XP-62 1 Contra-prop fighter; eight 20mm cannon
P-62A-1 0 100-aircraft contract canceled July 1942

Armament: None; designed for eight 20mm cannon
Engine: Wright R-3350-17 Cyclone of 2,300 hp turning a dual contra-rotating propeller
Maximum speed: 448 mph
Service ceiling: 35,700 ft.
Span: 53 ft. 8 in.
Length: 39 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 11,773 lbs. empty/14,660 lbs. gross

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