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Curtiss-Wright XP-46
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:39:04 PM »
Curtiss-Wright Corporation in September 1939 began development of the XP-46 fighter for the potential replacement of the newly adopted P-40 Warhawk. In the new aircraft, the designer Donovan Reese Berlin (Donovan Reese Berlin) tried to adopt the experience of European fighters.

The XP-46 was an all-metal low-wing with a retractable landing gear. The main differences from the P-40 were-a new Allison V-1710-39 engine, a new cooling system, a modified chassis design and a cockpit light. The maximum speed is 571 km/h flight distance is 523 km. The armament consisted of 2 13-mm machine guns + the possibility of installing 8 7.6-mm machine guns.

Tests showed that the Curtiss XP-46 was one of those rare cases when the replacement is worse than its predecessor. It was inferior to the P-40, primarily in speed. As a result, project was drop and only two samples were built.

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Re: Curtiss-Wright XP-46
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2021, 12:13:39 PM »
Love the unpainted bird !

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Re: Curtiss-Wright XP-46
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2021, 02:00:37 PM »
Excellent for some high polished model project :))