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Saturday, September 15th 2012, 5:38am

USAAF Pursuit

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Model 22 P-38 Lightning, a twin-engined long-range interceptor with two tail-booms and the pilot and armament in a small central nacelle. A tricycle undercarriage is fitted. Dimensions 52/ 37.10/ 9.10/ 327.5 sq ft; two 1,150hp Allison V-1710-27/29 with turbochargers; max speed 400mph; cruising speed 290mph; service ceiling 44,000ft; range 475miles on internal fuel; armament one 20mm cannon and four .50in Browning MGs in the nose.
Variants and production figures:
1 XP-38 prototype first flown in February 1937
13 YP-38 service evaluation aircraft with one 37mm cannon and four 0.50in MGs
66 P-38 production aircraft with one 37mm cannon and four 0.50in MGs and armour added
1 XP-38A with pressurised cockpit first flown 1938
210 P-38D/E delivered from early 1940 with 37mm cannon replaced by 20mm cannon, changes to electric and hydraulic systems and extra ammunition for the nose guns
F-4, photo-reconnaissance variant of P-38D with four cameras in nose replacing armament, 99 on order from 1941
350 P-38F on order from April 1942, improvements include racks inboard of the engines for fuel tanks or up to 2,000 Ibs of bombs.
P-38G begins testing early 1943. Improvements are a better radio as well as improved Allison V-17105 engines making 1,475 hp, along with other improvements (1) A variant of this model will serve as a night fighter and will be painted flat-black with conical flash hiders on the guns, an AN/APS-6 radar pod below the nose, and a second cockpit with a raised canopy behind the pilot's canopy for the radar operator. This variant will be named the P-38M Night Lightning, both will enter service in late 1943. 240 P-38M are ordered in 1943 to fill 4 new Night Fighter Groups in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Air Force.

(1) OTL P-38L.

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Saturday, September 15th 2012, 11:58pm

Bell P-39 Airacobra

Bell P-39 Airacobra, an interceptor designed around the American Armament Corporation T9 37mm cannon firing through the propeller hub. The engine is located behind the pilot and drives the propeller via an extension shaft. Dimensions 34/ 30.2/ 11.10/ 213 sq ft; 1,150hp Allison V-1710 V-12; max speed 380mph; service ceiling 36,000ft; normal range 650 miles.
Variants and production figures:
1 XP-39 prototype flown 1935 armed with one 37mm T9 cannon and two nose-mounted .30in Browning MGs
12 YP-39 evaluation aircraft
33 P-39B with two wing-mounted .30in MGs added
60 P-39C introduced 1938 with one 37mm and six .30in MGs (four in wings) and self-sealing fuel tanks
369 P-39D introduced 1939 with provision for ventral 500lb bomb or a 75 gallon drop tank


Sunday, September 16th 2012, 2:42am

Curtiss P-40

Curtiss P-40, a single-engined fighter developed from the radial-engined P-36, first flown in 1935 and built in large numbers for the USAAF. Dimensions 37.4/ 33.4/ 12.4/ 236 sq ft; 1,160hp Allison V-1710-33 V-12; max speed 340mph; service ceiling 31,000ft; range 610 miles; armament four 0.50in Browning MGs in the wings and two nose-mounted .30in Browning MGs.
Variants and production figures:
1 XP-40 prototype first flown 1935 with a 1,160hp V-1710-19 engine
200 P-40 entered service in 1936 with a less powerful supercharged V-1710-33 engine armed with two nose-mounted 0.50in MGs only
354 P-40C with four 0.50in MGs added in the wings and the nose guns altered to 0.30in


Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 4:19am

Curtiss P-42

Curtiss P-42, a lightweight single-seat fighter developed from the XP-41 programme. The production P-42C lacks the turbo-supercharger of the XP-42. Dimensions 29.5/ 33/ 184 sq ft; 1,159hp Continental I-1430-5; max speed 399mph at 15,000ft; service ceiling 40,500ft; range 518 miles; armament two 0.50in Browning MGs in the wings and two nose-mounted .30in Browning MGs.
Variants and production figures:
1 XP-42 prototype with turbo-supercharger
225 P-42C in service since 1938


Saturday, June 1st 2013, 5:22am

Chance Vought P-47 Thunderbolt

Chance Vought P-47 Thunderbolt, designed by Seversky and Kartveli working for EMBRAER in Brazil, they have developed a series of single-engined fighters and the latest design has had much input from America and Pratt & Whitney are supplying engines. In early 1940 it was decided by the United Aircraft Corp. to buy a production licence for the EMB-40 and Chance Vought will produce any US orders. It has been offered to the USAAF as a heavy fighter-bomber. Dimensions 42.7/ 36.1/ 14.7/ 322 sq ft; 2,000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-21 Double Wasp radial; max speed 400mph; cruising speed 300mph; service ceiling 40,000ft; range 800 miles; armament eight 0.5in Browning MGs in the wings and two 1,000lb bombs underwing.
Variants and production figures:
1 XP-47 pattern aircraft built from Embraer plans in December 1940
1 XP-47B prototype with changes to undercarriage, metal-covering control surfaces and revised sliding canopy, first flown May 1941
P-47B 377 on order for delivery from mid-1942
XP-47E planned P-47 variant to test a pressurised cockpit during 1943
XP-47F planned P-47 variant with close-cowled fan-cooled turbocharged 2,800hp R-2800 engine, new lighter wing with six 0.5in MGs, increased fuel and reduced drag. Planned to fly in 1943/44.

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Friday, July 12th 2013, 5:26am

North American P-51 Mustang

North American P-51 Mustang: a single-seat fighter with a laminar-flow wing developed for an Australian requirement for a new long-range interceptor. Designed to take a Rolls-Royce Merlin the delays in fitting this engine meant the first production batches have an Allison V-1710. First flown in 1938. Two were tested by the USAAF as the XP-51. Dimensions 37/ 32.3/ 12.1/ 233 sq ft; 1,200hp Allison V-1710-81 V-12; max speed 320mph; service ceiling 31,350ft; range 350 miles (2,550 miles with drop tanks); armament four .05in Browning MGs in the wings and up to 1,000lbs of bombs under the wings or 75 gallon drop tanks.
Variants and production figures:
2 XP-51 basic Mustang I fighters taken off the production line for the RAAF and given service tests by the USAAF
1 XP-51A upgraded with six wing-mounted .50in Browning MGs and a 1,325hp V-1710-87 engine
P-51A 310 on order for delivery from mid-1941
P-51D an improved version of the P-51A with 1,490 V-1650-7 liquid cooled supercharged V-12 engine, bubble canopy, six 0.50 Browning MG, hardpoints for two 1,000lb bombs, max speed 437mph service ceiling 41,900 ft range 2,080 miles. 400 on order from mid-1942.
XP-P51H improved version with more powerful V-1650-9 engine, to fly mid-1943.


Monday, March 3rd 2014, 4:12am

Lockheed P-49

Model 522 P-49, a variant of the P-38 ordered in October 1937 with improvements such as a pressurized cockpit and two 1,600hp Continental I-1430-1 twelve cylinder liquid-cooled inverted-Vee engines. Dimensions 52/ 40.0/ 9.10/ 327.5 sq ft; two 2,100hp Continental I-1430-9/10; max speed 416mph at 15,000ft; cruising speed 290mph; service ceiling 45,000ft; rate of climb 3,300ft/min; range 679miles on internal fuel; armament two 20mm cannon and four .50in Browning MGs in the nose.
1 XP-49 prototype first flown on 11 November 1939 with 1,600hp Continental I-1430-1 engines
13 YP-49 service evaluation aircraft with 1,159hp Continental I-1430-3/4 engines
90 P-49 with 2,100hp Continental I-1430-9/10 engines with deliveries from late 1940
Lockheed F-5, photo-reconnaissance variant of P-49 with four cameras in nose replacing armament, 81 on order from 1942