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, by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
Curtiss XP-62
It first flew in 1943. 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.
Curtiss XP-62
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.
Curtiss XP-62

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications
Wingspan   16.35m
Length   12.05m
Height   4.04m
Wing area   39.02m2
Weight
empty plane   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
Crew   1
Weapons 8 x 20mm guns
Curtiss XP-62
Credits-
Curtiss Wright Corporation
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