Stumbled upon these pics on eBay. I'm posting a link to only 1 of 5 auctions showing various views. Tho I'm an F7F fan, I've never seen this design before. Very early design? The F7F relative, XP-65?
Stargazer2006 said:... wasn't the XP-65 a later design to the F7F?
According to Corky Meyer's F7F monograph for Steve Ginter, Grumman proposed basically the same airplane—Design 51— to the Army Air Corps and the Navy, the former in January 1941 and the latter in March. The Army bought it as the XP-65 with a pressurized cockpit, and two 37 mm cannon in June but then canceled the procurement in January 1942. The Navy's version was unpressurized with four 20 mm cannon and four .50 caliber machine guns and ordered in May 1941 (Francillon states late June) as the XF7F.Stargazer2006 said:Same pics, and another source that gives this as the Model G-51 and a proposal for Navy...
Could we have a 3-view of the XP-65 proposal for comparison?
(don't know anything about G-69, so if that exists in planform too, why not?)
Jos Heyman said:In my experience it is very common that the 'classic' books by Rene Francillon and others of the same respectable caliber, have minor inaccuracies as, since they did their research, a lot of new information has come to light. You will agree that this is especially as the internet and forums like this, allow the sharing of information, including the June 1946 source that has been mentioned. Since the 1946 source pre-dates Rene Francillon work and seems to be an authentic source, we have therefore discovered and matched another piece of history. So I would agree, XP-65 = G-46.
But are we 100% clear that the model represents the G-46?
Was it actually considered at one point to "farm out" the F7F production to a secondary production line in the same way the F4F = FM, F8F = F3M, and TBF = TBM?
So... what was the FT-1? We need to find out!