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Curtiss XP-60B & XP-60C
The Curtiss XP-60B and XP-60C were experimental fighter aircraft developed by Curtiss-Wright Corporation during World War II.
Here is some information about these aircraft:
The XP-60B was the first of the two aircraft to be developed.
It was a low-wing monoplane fighter that was designed to be powered by an Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine.
The XP-60B was equipped with a 37mm cannon and four .50 calibre machine guns.
However, the XP-60B never made it past the prototype stage due to issues with its engine and development delays.
The XP-60C was an updated version of the XP-60B.
It featured a redesigned engine cowling and cockpit, as well as a new vertical tail.
The XP-60C was also powered by an Allison V-1710 engine, but it was equipped with a turbo-supercharger to improve its high-altitude performance.
The XP-60C was armed with four .50 calibre machine guns, but it was also intended to carry a 37mm cannon in the nose.
However, like the XP-60B, the XP-60C never entered production due to ongoing engine and development issues.
Overall, the XP-60B and XP-60C were both promising designs that ultimately failed to meet their performance goals.
The XP-60 project was eventually cancelled, and Curtiss-Wright went on to focus on other aircraft designs.
Allison V-1710-39 liquid-cooled V-12 engine, rated at 1,325 hp
390 mph (627 km/h)
1,025 miles (1,650 km)
34,500 ft (10,515 m)
40 ft 4 in (12.29 m)
30 ft 8 in (9.35 m)
12 ft 2 in (3.71 m)
6,590 lb (2,990 kg)
9,000 lb (4,082 kg)
One 37mm cannon and four .50 calibre machine guns
Allison V-1710-83 liquid-cooled V-12 engine with a General Electric turbo-supercharger, rated at 1,380 hp
425 mph (684 km/h)
1,300 miles (2,092 km)
42,000 ft (12,802 m)
42 ft 0 in (12.80 m)
32 ft 3 in (9.83 m)
12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
7,200 lb (3,266 kg)
10,000 lb (4,536 kg)
Four .50 calibre machine guns and provision for one 37mm cannon
It’s worth noting that the specifications for the XP-60C were based on projected performance, as the aircraft never progressed beyond the prototype stage.
The XP-60B was also never produced in significant numbers.
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