Consolidated-Vultee XP-81

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)

Consolidated-Vultee XP-81

Type:           long range escort fighter
Crew:           1
Armament:       six .50 cal machine guns
                or six 20mm cannon

        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

        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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