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CURTISS A-43

Posted 12/31/2008 Printable Fact Sheet

The original design specification for what was eventually designated (temporarily) A-43 called for a single-place, twin-engine attack aircraft. The design was changed several times, ultimately resulting in a two-place, quad-jet powered, all-weather, high altitude fighter. Because the mission was changed from attack to fighter, the designation was changed from A-43 to P-87. Two prototype aircraft were built as XP-87s and one of these was modified to become the XP-87A.

This aircraft is covered in more detail as XF-87 in the virtual fighter aircraft gallery.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
A-43 - Redesignated XP-87


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