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Last design of the Curtiss Aeroplane Division ?

lark

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Reading an article about the end of the Curtiss Aeroplane
Division - thanks Skybolt - mention is made of the very last
Curtiss design.

It was the their proposal to a -1948-49- U.S. Navy request for a
shipboard ASW aircraft.
A full scale mock-up and some windtunnel models were built.

Is there someone who knows more about this Curtiss design?
An illustration of the mock-up and a bit history info would be very welcome.

p.s. Grumman produced the winning proposal in this competition.
 

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p.s. Grumman produced the winning proposal in this competition.

It was the Grumman S-2 Tracker?
 

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Does the Curtiss ASW design predate the XF-87 Blackhawk?

In any event, the X-19 is more recent than either the ASW proposal or the Blackhawk. But I believe the X-19 was built after Curtiss sold its aviation division to NAA, which brings up the interesting question of how Curtiss managed to build the X-19 after losing so much of its industrial capacity.
 

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I thought the last design that Curtiss-Wright was its design to meet a U.S Navy RfP (Request for Proposal) for a carrier-based bomber, of no more than 100,000 lb, that was able to operate from the then planed new super aircraft carrier. It primary role was to both carry and deliver a ‘Special Weapon’ (Atomic/Nuclear bomb)

The winner of this RfP would be the Douglas A-3

I believe that Curtiss-Wright was struggling to meet the 100,000 lb requirement and quit the competition!

I believe that this was the last major aircraft project that Curtiss-Wright put its energy to.

P.S. I think the last military aircraft design that Curtiss submitted in prototype form was the XP-87 Blackhawk jet powered night fighter design, which was itself dropped in favor of the Northrop F-89 Scorpion?


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The Curtiss Aeroplane Division closed March 1951.
(XP-87 was cancelled October 15 ,1949.)

The X-19 was developed by Curtiss-Wright which stayed in
the bussines after the closure of the Aeroplane Division.

Question is ,if someone have ever seen illustrations ,or descriptions of the
Curtiss Aeroplane ASW proposal.
 

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I'm not sure if it is the last aircraft design of Curtiss-Wright before they gave up on the airframe business, but it's certainly close. A new article reproducing a Curtiss-Wright proposal for a turboprop fighter-bomber conversion of the XF-87 Blackhawk is now up at RetroMechanix.com:





The proposal includes numerous drawings of various ordnance and gun combinations, along with a recce version. Also included are 3 photos of the original XF-87, one of the most handsome aircraft of its day. The accompanying gallery features 19 images, the majority in high resolution.

-Jared
 

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Beautiful. Anything Curtiss makes my day, and this is certainly no exception.

There doesn't seem to be any mention of a potential customer or any designation quoted here.

Could it be an alternate proposal for the USAF's F-87? Or a contender of the A2J "Super Savage" for the Navy?
 
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