The XP-81 was developed by Consolidated-Vultee for a 1944 USAAF specification for a long-range bomber escort. The aircraft had a conventional layout, but was unconventional in that it had a turbojet engine in the rear fuselage in addition to a turboprop in the nose. Work on the type continued through 1945, but the turboprop used only performed to 60% of expectations, and with the end of the war all production plans were cancelled.
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(updated February 2009)
Type: long range escort fighter Crew: 1 Armament: six .50 cal machine guns or six 20mm cannon Specifications: Length: 44' 10" (13.67 m) Height: 14' 0" (4.27 m) Wingspan: 50' 6" (15.39 m) Wing area: 425 sq. ft (39.48 sq. m) Empty Weight: 12,755 lb (5786 kg) Max Weight: 24,650 lb (11,181 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant #1: General Electric XT31-GE-1 turboprop Powerplant #2: Allison J-33-GE-5 turbojet Horsepower #1: 2300 hp Horsepower #2: 3750 lb. thrust Performance (estimated): Range: 2500 miles (4023 km) Cruise Speed: 275 mph ( 443 km/h) Max Speed: 478 mph ( 769 km/h) at sea level Ceiling: 35,500 ft (10,820 m)
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