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Lockheed XPB-3 / XFM-2 Long-Range, Multi-Place Escort Fighter

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Lockheed XPB-3 / XFM-2 Long-Range, Multi-Place Escort Fighter


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I was reading about the Bell XFM-1 Airacuda ‘Long-range, Multi-place Escort Fighter’ design. In the text it said that Lockheed also submitted a design to the 1936 USAAC requirement. Lockheed’s design was the XPB-3 / XFM-2.
I have not been able to find anything on this design in books or on the web!
Does anyone know or have anything on it in the way of specs /tech data, drawings, 3-view drawings???

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There was an article on the Neptune that had a few pictures of the XPB-3/XFM-2 mockup showing nose similarities to the Neptune. I believe the article was in an old issue of Wings/Airpower.
 

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Lockheed was awarded a study contract for a multiplace fighter
with designation XFM-2 and based on the Electra transport.
More conventional than the Bell XFM-1 design Lockheed's entry was also powered by two Allison turbosupercharged V-1710
tractor engines.
The mockup mounted a 37mm cannon in a nose turret and a
second one in a top turret.

So far : "Cobra! Bell Aircraft Corporation 1934-1946"
Birch Matthews - Schiffer

(no 3-views)
 

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elmayerle said:
There was an article on the Neptune that had a few pictures of the XPB-3/XFM-2 mockup showing nose similarities to the Neptune. I believe the article was in an old issue of Wings/Airpower.
OK, so it took a while, but I only just stumbled on this yesterday in a search. :)
The article was in Airpower of March 1989, Vol. 19, no. 2, page 16. Scan attached courtesy my friend John Lewis.
 

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Oh, I remember that article now.
Did you notice how the captions consistently get the designation XFM-2 wrong? They keep calling it an "AFM-2" which of course in totally wrong. The Lockheed Model 11 was the FM-2 (Fighter Multiplace, Type 2) just as the Bell Airacuda was the XFM-1 (Fighter Multiplace, Type 1).
 

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The history of XFM-2 , later, prototype of Loocked Harpoon seems similar to Dornier 29 ( bi-engine fighter project of Luftwaffe) produced later like Do-17z
 

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In fact the PV-2 Harpoon stemmed from the PV-1 Ventura of which it was a much modified
successor. Both planes found their origings in the Lockheed Model 18.

The Dornier 29 project (1934 ) was a competitor of the Me 110. A zerstörer type aircraft.
Not quite a long-range fighter.

The American long range multi seat fighter concept was in fact a class on it's own.
One of the earliest proposals for this idea was a variant of the Martin B-10 designed +-1934.
But this concept remained on the drawing board.

To my chagrin I found no further info about the Martin proposal.
 

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How far do you take these relationships? As we all well know, Lockheed liked the multiple fin design and took it from the Electra 10 all the way to the Super Constellation. With a little bit of imagination you can see in tyhe FM-2 (or Lockheed 11) an embryo of the Constellation. Just makes me wonder how many other designs like that- that we have not discovered yet - there were.
 

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Jos Heyman said:
With a little bit of imagination you can see in the FM-2 (or Lockheed 11) an embryo of the Constellation.

Quite definitely. The Model 11 very much prefigures the later Model 44 Excalibur, which itself was the first step towards the Constellation.
 

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XPB-3 was the early designation (Pursuit, Biplace) for CP 604 designs which was altered to XFM-1/-2 (Fighter, Multiplace) before production.
 

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From Aerei Nella Story 4-5/2009.
 

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