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McDonnell XP-67 — gorgeous but unloved

14 October 2013

McDonnell XP-67 — gorgeous but unloved

XP-67 — U.S. Air Force photo

McDonnell XP-67 with its purposeful and predatory appearance — U.S. Air Force photo

The XP-67 design is manta ray-like in appearance with its flowing compound curves and broad wingspan. There is hardly a line to be seen and was, perhaps, almost unbelievably streamlined for the day which was mid 1941. Exhaust gases were manipulated to add to the total thrust and the intended armament would have been a fearsome set of 4 x 37mm cannon. This aircraft was intended to travel far and fast with this powerfully punching set of cannon — 2000 miles (3200km) with a top speed of 410 mph (656kph) — envisioning what squadrons of these aircraft could have accomplished is a bit mind boggling.

XP-67 — U.S. Air Force photo

The sole XP-67 while on a test flight — U.S. Air Force photo

Unfortunately, the theorized engine uprate of the Continental made engines (XI-1430-17/19s) was not realized so the XP-67 design did not progress further than the construction of one prototype which was accidentally destroyed during a fire in 1944. All we have left of the nameless XP-67 are images and the U.S. Air Force fact sheet.

XP-67 — U.S. Air Force photo

XP-67 best showing its smooth, compound and flowing curves — U.S. Air Force photo

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  1. 14 October 2013 02:10

    Really sad it is a lovely plane, and by all accounts quite capable.

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