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CURTISS XP-71

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Curtiss XP-71
Curtiss XP-71 3/4 front view drawing by Curtiss-Wright engineer G.L. Flanders, Dec. 16, 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The XP-71 was proposed by Curtiss-Wright as a bomber escort fighter. The aircraft was designed as a twin-engine pusher, with each engine driving a large contra-rotating propeller. Two aircraft were ordered by the Army Air Corps for evaluation, but the project was canceled before any aircraft were built.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XP-71 0 Twin-engine escort fighter; canceled


TECHNICAL NOTES (as designed):
Armament: Two 37mm cannon and one 75mmm cannon
Engines: Two turbo-supercharged Pratt & Whitney R-4360-13 Wasp Major radials of 3,450 hp each
Maximum speed: 428 mph
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Range: 3,000 miles
Span: 82 ft. 3 in.
Length: 61 ft. 10 in.
Height: 19 ft. 0 in.
Crew: Two

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