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Curtiss XA-43

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They fudged up their scale and depth in the artist's sketch (take a good look at the aircraft at the rear, the smoke it's flying through and the source of that smoke)
 

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Whoa!
That artist belonged to the Surrealist school of corporate aircraft rendering.
 

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Naw. The one in the foreground is the XA-43. The one in the background is the Mega-XA-43,000, designed to wipe out entire continents full of Godzillas in one sortie.
 

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Hi,

the Curtiss XA-43 from the site;

http://forum.avionslegendaires.net/index.php
 

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verner said:
This thing kinda looks like a F-87.
FYI: The XA-43 was redesignated XF-87.

BTW: It's Curtiss, not Curtis.

-SP
 

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XB-70 Guy said:
verner said:
This thing kinda looks like a F-87.
FYI: The XA-43 was redesignated XF-87.

Yes, but not quite. By redesignating them, the USAF also signified a slight change of mission. From mainly "attack", these aircraft became mainly "fighters": XA-42 became XB-42 (no big deal, it remained purely experimental, anyway); XA-43 became XP-87, XA-44 became XB-53 and the Martin XA-45 became XB-51. But you need to remember that on each occasion (except for the B-42) the design was also altered along the way.
 

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A new one on me! -SP
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
XB-70 Guy said:
verner said:
This thing kinda looks like a F-87.
FYI: The XA-43 was redesignated XF-87.

Yes, but not quite. By redesignating them, the USAF also signified a slight change of mission. From mainly "attack", these aircraft became mainly "fighters": XA-42 became XB-42 (no big deal, it remained purely experimental, anyway); XA-43 became XP-87, XA-44 became XB-53 and the Martin XA-45 became XB-51. But you need to remember that on each occasion (except for the B-42) the design was also altered along the way.
Yes, I have the XA-43 as CW-29, the XP/XF-87 as CW-29A. -SP
 

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From Inter Avia magazine,


the Model of Curtiss-Wright XA-43.
 

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If I recall it was to be powered by 4 x J35's (could be wrong): Does anybody know the projected payload?
 

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Hi! I want to know the engine for XA-43.
 

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From "American Bomber Aircraft Development in WW2" by Bill Norton.
I've attached a photo of the XA-43 mockup & a specification for 'the most mature XA-43 design'. Apparently 'Curtiss investigated alternative powerplants, to include Westinghouse 24-C (later J34), but the J35 was ultimately retained'. So the powerplants were 'two embedded dual-engine pods with two J35s each'.
 

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