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Role Advanced trainer
National origin United States
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company
Status Not built

The Douglas XT-30 was a proposed American military advanced trainer. It was never built.

Design and development[edit | edit source]

Intended to replace the North American T-6 Texan, the XT-30 was designed in 1948 for a United States Air Force competition. The design had an 800 hp (600 kW) Wright R-1300 radial mounted amidships behind the cockpit (in the fashion of the P-39),[1] in a rather squared-off fuselage.[2] The R-1300 drove a three-bladed propeller by way of an extension shaft (driveshaft).[3] The XT-30 design seated pilot and pupil in tandem, under a framed greenhouse canopy[4] and had a straight low wing.[5]

Competing against the North American T-28 Trojan, the more complex XT-30 was not selected for production and none were built.[6]

Specifications (projected)[edit | edit source]

Data from Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. London : Putnam, 1979.

General characteristics

  • Crew: two (student and instructor)
  • Length: 36 ft 9½ in (11.214 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 4 in (11.07 m)
  • Height: ()
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,999 lb (2,721 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1300 radial engine, 800 hp (600 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 286 mph (460 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 190 mph (306 km/h)
  • Range: 6½ hours at 190 mph (306 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 29,600 ft (9,020 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min (m/s)
  • Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: hp/lb (kW/kg)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920 (Putnam, 1979), p.714.
  2. Francillon, diagram p.714.
  3. Francillon, p.714.
  4. Francillon diagram p.714.
  5. Francillon, diagram p.715.
  6. Francillon, p.714.
  • Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. London : Putnam, 1979.

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