Curtiss XP-46

The Curtiss XP-46 was designed as a possible successor to the Curtiss P-40,from which it was developed. Among the noticeable ways in which the XP-46 differed from the P-40 was the inwardly-retracting flush landing gear, a lower cockpit canopy, and a ventral ducted radiator located beneath the cockpit. Only two prototypes were built and tests with this design did not justify further development.

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(updated February 2009)

Curtiss XP-46

Type:           single-seat fighter
Crew:           1
Armament:       two .50 cal machine guns in the nose
                eight .30 cal machine guns in the wings


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