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  • McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat Long-Range Interceptor Prototype

    The XP-67 Bat long-range interceptor was an elegant first-attempt at fighter-building for the McDonnell concern - only two prototypes were completed.

     Updated: 5/5/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The XP-67 was the first attempt by the McDonnell corporation to build a fighter for the United States Military. The same corporation would go on to built the superb F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle and F-18 Hornet air superiority and strike fighters would initially see some bumps in the road, led by none other than James S. McDonnell himself.

    McDonnell had acquired a substantial amount of aeronautics education in his schooling (Princeton), having served with the Army Air Service and ultimately various aircraft manufacturers. With one successful design under his belt (stalled by the arrival of The Great Depression), McDonnell sought to earn his own wings under his own banner. Thusly, the McDonnell company was born and looked to make some quick connections with the US Military.

    The XP-67 was such a connection. A very ambitious design in every sense of the word, the fighter was intended to be the Allied answer to killing enemy bombers in the sky. The formidable aircraft would undertake a radial design that saw the entire aircraft visually flattened from end to end. The twin engine system would have its engines forged straight into the large wing area generating a stable about of air flow, drag and lift. The single-seat cockpit was planned to be pressurized and the aircraft was designed to reach top speeds close to 500 miles per hour. Alas, the final product would not come close to matching those specifications - a project too ambitious for the time.

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    McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1943
    Type: Long-Range Interceptor Prototype
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): McDonnell - USA
    Production Total: 2

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 44.78 feet (13.65 meters)
    Width: 54.99 feet (16.76 meters)
    Height: 15.81 feet (4.82 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 17,749 lb (8,051 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 25,399 lb (11,521 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Continental XIV-1430-17/19 radial engines developing 1,600 horsepower each.

    Maximum Speed: 270 mph (434 kph; 234 knots)
    Maximum Range: 2,384 miles (3,836 km)
    Service Ceiling: 37,999 feet (11,582 meters; 7.20 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 2,600 feet-per-minute (792 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    PROPOSED (Original):
    6 x 12.7mm machine guns
    4 x 20mm cannons

    PROPOSED (Later):
    6 x 37mm cannons

    PROPOSED (Alternative):
    1 x 75mm cannon

    Global Operators / Customers

    United States (cancelled)

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    XP-67 - Prototype Model Designation; serial numbers 42-11677 and 42-11678.