Developed to meet a 1939 USAAC specification for an interceptor fighter, the XP-55 was an unconventional design. It was a swept wing canard pusher aircraft that lacked a tail. Only three prototypes were produced, with the first taking flight in July 1943. Testing continued through 1944, but due to inherent stability problems and poor low-speed handling characteristics the type was abandoned.
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(updated February 2009)
Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
Type: single seat interceptor fighter Crew: 1: Pilot Armament: four .50 cal machine guns in the nose Specifications: Length: 29' 7" (9.02 m) Height: 10' 0.75" (3.07 m) Wingspan: 44' 0.5" (13.42 m) Wing area: 235 sq. ft (21.83 sq. m) Empty Weight: 6354 lb (2882 kg) Max Weight: 7929 lb (3597 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Allison V-1710-95 inline Horsepower: 1275 hp Performance: Range: 635 miles (1022 km) Cruise Speed: 296 mph ( 476 km/h) Max Speed: 390 mph ( 628 km/h) at 19300 ft Ceiling: 34600 ft (10545 m)
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