The P-60 began in 1940 as a design meant to be an improved version of the Curtiss P-40. Given the designation XP-53, the type was changed to XP-60 when the powerplant was replaced with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Due to the short supply of Packard-built Merlins, the aircraft was developed with five other engines, each in its own prototype. Testing of certain XP-60s continued into 1944, but the results were disappointing, and the US Army abandoned all interest.
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(updated February 2009)
Type: single seat interceptor fighter Crew: 1: Pilot Armament: four .50 cal machine guns in wings Specifications: Length: 33' 11" (10.34 m) Height: 12' 4.25" (3.77 m) Wingspan: 41' 3.75" (12.59 m) Wing area: 275.15 sq. ft (25.56 sq. m) Empty Weight: 8698 lb (3945 kg) Max Weight: 10,785 lb (4892 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-53 Double Wasp radial Horsepower: 2000 hp Performance: Range: 315 miles (507 km) Cruise Speed: N/A Max Speed: 414 mph ( 666 km/h) at 20,350 ft Ceiling: 37,900 ft (11,550 m)
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