Ryan FR Fireball

Specifications

1st Flight 1944

Crew: 1

Length: 32 ft 4 in (9.86 m)

Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)

Height: 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)

Wing area: 275 sq ft (25.5 m2)

Airfoil: root: NACA 65-117 a=1; tip: NACA 65-115 a=.5

Empty weight: 7,689 lb (3,488 kg)

Gross weight: 11,652 lb (5,285 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-72W Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,350 hp (1,010 kW)

Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J31-GE-3 centrifugal-flow turbojet engine, 1,600 lbf (7.1 kN) thrust

Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed fully-feathering propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 404 mph (650 km/h, 351 kn) both engines

276 mph (240 kn; 444 km/h)

Cruise speed: 152 mph (245 km/h, 132 kn) piston engine only

Ferry range: 1,620 mi (2,610 km, 1,410 nmi) (with 2 drop tanks)

Service ceiling: 43,100 ft (13,100 m)

Rate of climb: 1,800 ft/min (9 m/s) (Piston engine only, with 1 drop tank)

Armament

Guns: 4 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns with 300 rpg

Rockets: 8 × 5-inch (127 mm) rockets under wings

Bombs: 2 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

Variants

XFR-1

Military designation of the prototype Model 28 aircraft, three built.

FR-1 Fireball

Single-seat fighter aircraft, 66 built.

FR-2

Conversion with a Wright R-1820-74W replacing earlier piston engine, one aircraft modified.

FR-3

Proposed variant with a General Electric I-20 replacing earlier jet engine; never built.

XFR-4

Variant with Westinghouse J34; one built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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