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Early Chinese Projects

visvirtusvoluntas

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Hi All,
I found traces of early chinese aircraft projects, many of which were not known by me.
They were designed by the 1st, 2nd or 3rd AFAMF (Air Force Aircraft Manufacturing Factory)

XP-0 Fighter
XP-1 Fighter
XB-3 Bomber
XG-1 Glider
Zhongyun Transport
Zhu Hummingbird Helicopter

All images taken from plane-encyclopedia.com
 

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XP-1 and XP-0 amentioned in Justo Miranda’s book “Enemy at the Gates, Panic Fighters of World War 2.”
 

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The rest of the book is fascinating too!
Justo Miranda “Enemy at the Gates, Panic fighters of WW2,” published in 2019.
 

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Hi, some history and pictures about the XB-3 bomber here (in Russian):

XB-3 Bomber

From Google translate:
It was a deep adaptation of the Soviet SB bomber. In addition to the aerodynamics refinement, Zhen Baoyuan (鄭葆源), the head of the third factory of Aircraft Manufacturing Company (AFMAF), and Tang Xunyi (唐 勳 貽), the chief designer of the factory design bureau, redesigned the internal design of the aircraft.
An all-metal machine in warring China was not affordable, so the wing consoles had a wooden set, and the skin was made of an innovative material based on bamboo. The armament of the machine was identified in three rifle machine guns. Development speed was ... not too highand the XB-3 reached flights only in 1944. In October 1943, the XB-3 was made, after which it was disassembled and delivered to the Taipingxi (太平 寺 机场) airfield in Chengdu, where in January 1944, it was assembled and prepared for test flights. At first, everything was not bad, the car ran smoothly on the ground, the first (in a circle) and second (with maneuvering) flights went well, but the third flight ended so-so. That is, the flight itself went fine - but when landing, the XB-3 had problems with the release of one of the landing gears. As a result, the plane struck the wing console on the ground, spun ...
The pilot survived, but the plane was no longer worth recovering. Again, the clone of the SB with the tightly outdated pre-war M103 engines in 1944 looked completely hopelessly outdated. Moreover, the United States had already driven to this moment modern-day B-25 Lend-Lease bombers, that is, free of charge, to China. According to some reports, the stewardess XB-3 was dug up and dug up almost until 1947, but this is unlikely.
 
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