Consolidated XP4Y-1

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In 1938 Consolidated undertook the design of a flying boat designated as the Model 31. It featured retractable wing floats, flush-riveted skins, and a Davis wing. The prototype flew in 1939, but the war in Europe led to a shift in purpose from civilian to military applications for the aircraft. Consolidated was awarded a contract for a single prototype for the U.S. Navy, designated XP4Y-1 and unofficially named Corregidor. This was followed by almost three years of redesign and testing (including the addition of three dummy turrets for flight testing). Service tests were satisfactory and large-scale construction was planned, but in the summer of 1943 a shortage of the Wright R-3350 engines which powered the XP4Y-1 led to the cancellation of the first contract for 200 aircraft.

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

Consolidated XP4Y-1

Type:		long range maritime patrol flying boat
Armament: 	one 37mm cannon in bow
		two .50 cal machine guns
		up to 4,000 lbs. of bombs

	Length:        	74' 1" (22.58 m)
	Height:        	25' 2" (7.67 m)
	Wingspan:      	110' 0" (33.50 m)
	Wing area:	1048 sq. ft (97.36 sq. m)
	Empty Weight:  	29,334 lb (13,306 kg)
	Max Weight: 	48,000 lb (21,772 kg) max at takeoff

	No. of Engines:	2
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-3350-8 Cyclone 18 radial
	Horsepower:	2300 hp each

	Max Range:	3280 miles (5279 km)
	Cruise Speed:   136 mph ( 219 km/h)
	Max Speed:      247 mph ( 398 km/h) at 13,600 ft
	Ceiling:       	21,400 ft (6520 m)

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