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Consolidated Vultee XP-81
« on: February 11, 2021, 03:41:05 PM »
By 1943, the USAF needed a long-range fighter to escort bombers. It was decided to design an aircraft with mixed jet-turboprop power plant. The development of the XP-81 fighter was ordered by Consolidated Vultee Corporation.

The XP-81 was a low-wing, trapezoidal wing with a straight leading edge and retractable landing gear. It was equipped with a General Electric T31-GE-3 turboprop engine (but made its first flights with a Packard V-1650 Merlin piston engine) and a General Electric J33-GE-5 turbojet. The maximum speed is 816 km/h, has a range of 4000 km. The armament consisted of 6 20 mm cannons and 910 kg bombs.

The mixed power plant did not justify itself in the tests. In addition, the war is over and the need for such a fighter has disappeared. Two built prototypes of the XP-81 were sent as targets to the firing range. After that, what was left of them was transferred to the National Museum of the US Air Force.

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Re: Consolidated Vultee XP-81
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2021, 12:14:24 PM »
Interesting idea !

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Re: Consolidated Vultee XP-81
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2021, 02:00:03 PM »
Turner burners... in that period constructors did not have so much faith in jet engines so they need secure cross over design.