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
(updated February 2009)
Type: long range maritime patrol flying boat Crew: Armament: one 37mm cannon in bow two .50 cal machine guns up to 4,000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: 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 Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Wright R-3350-8 Cyclone 18 radial Horsepower: 2300 hp each Performance: 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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