General Aviation XA-7

1st Flight 1931

The General Aviation / Fokker XA-7 was a prototype attack aircraft ordered in December 1929, and first flown in January 1931 by Fokker and then General Aviation Corporation after it bought Fokker-America in 1930, and entered in a competition held by the United States Army.

Despite some innovative features, the XA-7 did not proceed past flight test status.

After testing, the sole prototype was scrapped.

Specifications

Crew: 2

Length: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)

Wingspan: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)

Height: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)

Wing area: 333 sq ft (30.9 m2)

Empty weight: 3,866 lb (1,754 kg)

Gross weight: 5,650 lb (2,563 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss V-1570-27 Conqueror V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 600 hp (450 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton Standard fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 184 mph (296 km/h, 160 kn) at sea level

Landing speed: 61 mph (53 kn; 98 km/h)

Range: 500 mi (800 km, 430 nmi)

Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,800 m)

Armament

Guns: 4x 0.300 in (7.620 mm) fixed forward firing machine-guns + 1x flexibly mounted 0.300 in (7.620 mm) machine-gun in the rear cockpit

Bombs: 488 lb (221.4 kg) of bombs on external racks.

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