Fighters of the United States Air Force: From World War I by Robert F Dorr, David Donald

By Robert F Dorr, David Donald

Книга opponents of the USA Air strength: From global warfare I Pursuit to the... opponents of the USA Air strength: From international struggle I Pursuit to the F-117 Книги Вооружение Автор: Robert F.Dorr, David Donald Год издания: 1990 Формат: pdf Издат.:Temple Press/Aerospace Страниц: 224 Размер: 49.82 ISBN: 060055094X Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:From WW1 dogfighters to the stealty fighter. 224 Pages of textual content with over 500 illustrations together with 250 in color.

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41m21 Armament: two synchronized, forward-firing machine-guns were planned but apparently not installed Curtiss P-3 Hawk History and notes A round cowl with a distinctive Townend r i n g h o u s i n g , r a d i a l engine, and further juggling of aircraft designations in t h e prolific Curtiss Hawk series characterised the b r o a d - n o s e d , u n g a i n l y P - 3 fighter design. No fewer than three engine types were tried on the Curtiss P-3 Hawk and three other designations (XP-21, XP-22, AT-5A) eventually adorned a bulky and unpopular variation on a theme, perhaps best remembered because it introduces the Pratt & Whitney name to US Army fighters of the period.

Some of the one-off variations had so many designations, powerplants and changes in nomenclature that no completehistory may ever be written about all. The important point is that by the time the principle P-6E production variant (orkinally YP-20. XP-22) was being delivered in numbers r the Boeing P-12 was also being supplied. to the US A k y ~ icorps; The Curtiss P-6 and Boeing P-12 would form the major biplane fighting force of the American air arm in the years between world wars. In all, the variants of the P-6 encumbered fewer than 90 individual &ames, including the many which bore other designations at one time or another, yet the P-6 leR a mark which far exceeds its numbers.

Once service trials had been completed, the YIP-16 airframes were redesignated P-16. Later, to distinguish them from single-seat pursuit aircraft, they were removed from the pursuit sequence of designations entirelv and redesienated PB-1. meaning pursuit, bi-uplace. In fact, the BerlinerJoyce P-16 was in every respect as fast, as manoeuvrable, and as deadly in the air combat arena as contemporary machines which carried only one crewman. In simulated dogfights, P-16 pilots were often able to'shoot down'men at the controls of the seemingly more nimble Boeing P-12.

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