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Tater-SW-
12-16-2004, 11:05 AM
Just some fun for all that think the truely odd planes were the exclusive purview of the axis drawing boards. The US built and flew many wierd test planes, some of these were even ordered.

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/fta/p50-2.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p54-5.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p55-2.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p56-1.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p58-2.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p60-6.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p67-3.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p75-6.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p77-2.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/bombers/xb35-9.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/attack/a3/xa21-3.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/attack/a5/a32-3.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/attack/a5/xa38-11.jpg

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/bombers/b4/xb42-4.jpg

tater

3.JG51_BigBear
12-16-2004, 11:13 AM
Most probably didn't go into production because the Air Force was worried that their pilots would get laughed at. Great pics, thanks.

murewa
12-16-2004, 11:15 AM
cool! the ascender was in CFS3 (cough, arcade,cough http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).

like the "chain lightning"! a p-38 with a tail gunner, sweet, that would be useful.

lbhskier37
12-16-2004, 11:20 AM
you know if they made that chain lightning their would be tons of whines that it can't outturn a zero lol

AlmightyTallest
12-16-2004, 12:17 PM
Don't forget the Ryan Fireball, part jet, part piston http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://sfstation.members.easyspace.com/fr-1.htm

Oh, and the XP-79 Ram Wing, meant to slice through enemy aircraft and survive the impact. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Both did fly by the way.

http://www.nurflugel.com/Nurflugel/Northrop/xp-79/body_xp-79.html

TX-WarHawk
12-16-2004, 12:41 PM
I only see the red X.

Iwatapt
12-16-2004, 12:45 PM
The Xp-67 Bomber Destroyer is beautifull.

Too bad it sucked.

But can you go any stranger than the Bv-141?

MrOblongo
12-16-2004, 01:44 PM
Dont Forget the Consolidated B-32 "Dominator" Which actually saw combat over Japan in Late War.

http://www.russian.ee/star/pictures/usa/cons_dominator.jpg

Korbelz
12-16-2004, 03:23 PM
XP-60...that baby had a hemi!

VW-IceFire
12-16-2004, 03:39 PM
XP-50 later became the excellent F7F Tigercat. Some of these designs did go places http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

MrMoonlight
12-17-2004, 01:13 AM
Here's another crazy (but cool) one...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/Harvest_Moon/XFM-1.jpg

The Bell XFM-1 Airacuda. Designed as a bomber destroyer (can you say "American Bf-110"?...I knew you could. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif), it had twin pusher props with the forward part of the engine nacelles manned by gunners with traversing cannon mounts. Pretty radical for a late thirties design.

WOLFMondo
12-17-2004, 01:20 AM
And ugliest plane award goes to...all of em! (apart from that XP 67 which looks pretty cool!)

Eagle_361st
12-17-2004, 01:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MrOblongo:
Dont Forget the Consolidated B-32 "Dominator" Which actually saw combat over Japan in Late War.

http://www.russian.ee/star/pictures/usa/cons_dominator.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes the B-32 had the dubious honor of being the last aircraft shot down over Japan in the war. By none other than Saburo Sakai too.

Gibbage1
12-17-2004, 02:43 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MrMoonlight:
Here's another crazy (but cool) one...

The Bell XFM-1 Airacuda. Designed as a bomber destroyer (can you say "American Bf-110"?...I knew you could. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif), it had twin pusher props with the forward part of the engine nacelles manned by gunners with traversing cannon mounts. Pretty radical for a late thirties design. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just a note. Those were 37MM's in the pods. Also, they were not manned. The pilot would dial in the distance of the target bomber formation and the horizontal convergance on the guns would adjust. Since it was the same 37M in the P-39, it was like shooting mortors. It failed as a bomber intercepter because it was too slow to catch the bombers. Also, the US had no bombers that needed intercepting.

BlitzPig_DDT
12-17-2004, 08:12 AM
Might as well include the other 2 'Cats as well since people 'round here refuse to accept that they actually were WWII planes. Guess the truth hurts.

Daiichidoku
12-17-2004, 11:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VW-IceFire:
XP-50 later became the excellent F7F Tigercat. Some of these designs did go places http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The Tigercat was an entirely new design, sir.

The XF-50 was actually a re worked design that Grumman (can I say the name Grumman without being sued?) used to try to sell the design to USAF after the oringinal version (the designation eludes me ATM) was rejected by USN...which is too bad, it was rejected only after an inflight fire destroyed the plane...The designs name was "Skyrocket" reflecting the types 5,000ft/min climb....had no vices...for its time, it was a great design that would have been much, much better than the Wildcat

WOLFMondo
12-17-2004, 11:43 AM
The XP67 looks much more like a Tigercat.

NegativeGee
12-17-2004, 11:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WOLFMondo:
The XP67 looks much more like a Tigercat. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Except from above..... a very unusual looking airplane. The whole airframe was designed to merge into the airfoils, it looks like someone sat on it in plan. Would have been a monster for firepower too- 6 x 37mm cannon or 1 x 75mm gun were suggested as armament http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

RedDeth
12-17-2004, 12:10 PM
that P75 looks UBER. modified P39 to look like a jet with double props. scary stuff

berg417448
12-17-2004, 12:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Eagle_361st:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MrOblongo:
Dont Forget the Consolidated B-32 "Dominator" Which actually saw combat over Japan in Late War.

http://www.russian.ee/star/pictures/usa/cons_dominator.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes the B-32 had the dubious honor of being the last aircraft shot down over Japan in the war. By none other than Saburo Sakai too. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


There has been some dispute about whether it was shot down. US records indicate an attack but no loss. And then there is this:

€œAnother point of interest is Sakai's debunking certain myths that have cropped up since the end of the War, such as his famed "last combat". In "Samurai!" it is written that Sakai and a certain "Jiro Kawachi" took off in their Zeros and at night, attacked and brought down a B-29. Not so, says Sakai. "There was no Jiro Kowachi". He says he and several others took off in the daytime and attacked and exchanged fire with a B-32 Dominator "Hobo Queen" but failed to shoot it down. This and several other inaccuracies are corrected.€

http://www.j-aircraft.com/books/grant-4-24-01.htm