|Curtiss XF13C in 1937|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company|
|First flight||7 January 1934|
Development and design[edit | edit source]
The XF13C was a naval fighter featuring an all-metal construction, with a semi-monocoque fuselage, manually retractable landing gear and an enclosed cockpit. The aircraft was designed to facilitate conversions from biplane to monoplane and vice-versa. The United States Navy bought a prototype, designated XF13C-1 when in monoplane configuration, and XF13C-2 when a biplane.
The XF13C first flew in 1934 with good results realized in tests. In 1935, the aircraft received a more powerful engine and modifications to the overly tall tailplanes. The designation was changed to XF13C-3 for more flight testing.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
Specifications (XF13C-3)[edit | edit source]
Data from 
- Crew: 1
- Length: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.66 m)
- Height: 8 ft 9.5 in (2.66 m)
- Wing area: 205 ft2 (19.04 m2)
- Empty weight: 3.412 lb (1,548 kg)
- Gross weight: 4,634 lb (2,102 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright SGR-1510-12, 700 hp ( kW) each
- Maximum speed: 246 mph (396 km/h)
- Range: 726 miles (1,168 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,250 ft (7,696 m)
- Rate of climb: 2000 ft/min (10.16 m/s)
References[edit | edit source]
- Angelucci 1987, pp. 152–153.
- Angelucci, Enzo. The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books, 1987. ISBN 0-517-56588-9.
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