Curtiss XP-62

The Curtiss XP-62 was a prototype single-engine interceptor aircraft, that was built at the request of the United States Army Air Forces.

Relatively unusual objectives of the design for its time, included superior high-altitude performance, which was to be assisted by a pressurized cockpit, heavier armament than contemporary USAAF fighter aircraft, in the form of four 20 mm autocannons, and higher speeds, at all altitudes, than other contemporary fighters.

A key physical feature of the XP-62, in terms of the above objectives, was its relatively large and powerful engine, an 18-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone.

Specifications 

Crew

1

Wingspan 

16.35m

Length 

12.05m

Height 

4.04m

Wing area 

39.02m2

Weight    

Empty 

5345kg

Normal take-off 

6650kg

Maximum take-off 

7560kg

Engine type 

1 DD Wright R-3350-17 Duplex Cyclone

Power 

1 x 2300hp

Top speed       

At altitude 

721kph

Low altitude 

576kph

Cruise speed 

616kph

Practical range 

2414km

Short-lifting 

663m/min

Practical ceiling     

 10882m

Armament

8 x 20mm guns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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