I wondered about Vultee too ... which got me wondering about submissions to Circular Proposal X-608. This 'aerocannoniere
' doesn't look anything like the known types - the Vultee XP1015 or the twin-boomed Lockheed Model 22 or Hughes D-2. That leaves Boeing, Consolidated, Curtiss, and Douglas.
... The model 9 , 10a and 10b attack aircraft were not designed by Woods .lark
: In your scan from the Schiffer book Cobra!
(posted by Skyblazer
in the Designations
section), those Bell models (plus the Model 17) were attributed to "J.Strickler". That would be Bell engineer and test pilot John F. Strickler Jr. So, does anyone know what Jack Strickler looked like back in the day?Grey Havoc
: The cannon could well be the 37 mm T9 (although the round shown in the l'Ala d'Italia
photo has a fairly distinct bottleneck, whereas the neck on the T9/M4's 37x145mmR casing is quite subtle). Speaking of the T9, could our 'aerocannoniere
' be a generic concept study by someone involved with the design or production of the cannon ... ie: the Browning Arms Company or Oldsmobile?