USN Carrier Based Day Fighter requirement from 1946 generated 12 submissions:
Martin Model 235
McDonnell Model 40 and 40A
Chance Vought V-346A to D
Boeing Model 454
Boeing Model 459
Curtiss Wright unknown design
North American unknown design
The winner was Model V-346A which was produced as F7U Cutlass
my reference for the Boeing entries come from Tony Buttler's "American Secret Projects. Fighters & interceptors 1945-1978" Page 40.
robunos said:Tailspin Turtle, I've seen the Douglas Model 565 published in Jay Miller's 'Aerograph 5 - Douglas A-3 Skywarrior', as the 'Douglas Design based on A-3 studies', on page 14 of said book... ???
robunos said:That's why it stuck in my mind. It was implied that this design was the starting point for the evolution of the A3D/A-3, but it didn't look right. For a start it didn't seem large enough, or advanced enough to meet the attack requirement.
Likewise with the fighter requirement that we now know it was designed to meet. If the NAA VF I says 'Hawker P.1081', the the D-565 says 'Supermarine Attacker', it just doesn't seem advanced enough, aerodynamically. If this design was placed third in the competition, what was the last placed proposal like....?