Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket

Skyrocket picture 1
Skyrocket picture 2
In 1940 Grumman Aircraft had developed a twin engine carrier-based fighter prototype for the U.S. Navy, designated the XF5F Skyrocket.While only a single prototype was developed for the Navy, the Air Corps showed more of an interest and contracted with the firm to produce a prototype to be designated the XP-50. The Air Corps had some differing requirements, and while generally similar to the XF5F-1, the nose had to be further elongated to accommodate the requested tricycle landing gear arrangement. The engine installation was different as well. Two turbocharged Wright R-1820-40/42 engines were hung on the nacelles. The USAAC wanted good performance at high altitude. Taking to the air in May of 1941, the XP-50 Skyrocket suffered from stubborn problems of engine overheating. The airframe eventually was written off after being severely damaged as a result of a turbocharger explosion. No other examples were built.

(Photos courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. History info courtesy of "The Planes and Pilots of World War II" website)

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Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)

Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket

Type:		Fighter
Crew:		1, Pilot
Armament: 	4 .50 Fifty caliber machine guns,
		1 20mm cannon,
		165 lbs. bombs

	Length:        	31' 11"
	Height:        	12'
	Wingspan:      	42'
	Wing area:	unknown
	Empty Weight:  	8,300 lb
	Loaded Weight: 	10,600 lb

	No. of Engines:	2
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-1820-67/69 radial
	Horsepower:	1200 hp each

	Range:		1,250 miles
	Cruise Speed:   unknown
	Max Speed:      425 mph
	Ceiling:       	40,000 ft

(Since the Xp-50 did not complete its flight testing,
these performances are estimates.)

XP-50 data provided by Josh Henderson of Vienna, VA.

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