Vultee / Convair USA

Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose

Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose

USA Aircraft

Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose

Vultee V-1 1933 25 /  / ultee V-11 1935 175-224
Vultee V-12 1939 / V-54, Vultee BT-13 Valiant 1939
V-48, Vultee P-66 Vanguard 1939 / Vultee V-72 Vengeance 1941 1,931
Vultee V-84 1943 2 Prototype / V-90, Vultee XA-41 1944 1 Prototype
Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf 1944 180 / Vultee XP-68 Tornado n/a 0

Vultee Consolidated (Convair)

The Vultee XP-68 Tornado was proposed American high-altitude interceptor aircraft. It was based on the experimental XP-54 Swoose Goose and powered by the Wright R-2160 Tornado

Goto Vultee Aircraft

The Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose was a prototype fighter built by the Vultee Aircraft Company for the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF).

Design and development

Vultee submitted a proposal in response to a U.S. Army Air Corps request for an unusual configuration. The Vultee design won the competition, beating the Curtiss XP-55 Ascender and the Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet. Vultee designated it Model 84, a descendant of their earlier Model 78. After completing preliminary engineering and wind tunnel tests, a contract for a prototype was awarded on 8 January 1941. A second prototype was ordered on 17 March 1942. Although it appeared to be a radical design, performance was lackluster, and the project was canceled.

RoleFighter-bomber
ManufacturerRepublic Aviation
First flight28 February 1946
IntroductionNovember 1947
Retired1964 (USAF)
1974 (Yugoslavia)
Primary userUnited States Air Force
Number built7,524
VariantsRepublic F-84F Thunderstreak
Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor

Operators

Operational history

Flight tests of the first prototype, 41-1210, began on 15 January 1943. Trials showed performance to be substantially below guarantees. Simultaneously, development of the XH-2470 engine was discontinued. Although the Allison V-3420 engine could be substituted, that required substantial airframe changes. Projected delay and costs resulted in a decision to not consider production buys.

The prototypes continued to be used in an experimental program until problems with the Lycoming engines and lack of spare parts caused termination. The second prototype, 42-108994 (but mistakenly painted as 42-1211) equipped with an experimental GE supercharger, made ten flights before it was relegated to a “parts plane” to keep the first prototype in the air

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 54 ft 9 in (16.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 53 ft 10 in (16.41 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
  • Wing area: 456 sq ft (42.4 m2)
  • Empty weight: 15,262 lb (6,923 kg)
  • Gross weight: 18,233 lb (8,270 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 19,337 lb (8,771 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming XH-2470-1 liquid-cooled piston engine, 2,300 shp (1,715 kW)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 381 mph (613 km/h, 331 kn) at 28,500 ft (8,700 m)
  • Range: 500 mi (805 km, 430 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 37,000 ft (11,300 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,300 ft/min (11.7 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 40 lb/sq ft (196 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.13 hp/lb (0.20 kW/kg)

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The Republic Aviation Corporation was an American aircraft manufacturer based in Farmingdale, New York, on Long Island. Originally known as the Seversky Aircraft Company, the company was responsible for the design and production of many important military aircraft, including its most famous products: World War II's P-47 Thunderbolt fighter, the F-84 Thunderjet and F-105 Thunderchief jet fighters, as well as the A-10 Thunderbolt II close-support aircraft.