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Douglas XP-48 Lightweight Fighter Proposal

Douglas Aircraft Company proposed its XP-48 as a lightweight fighter for the United States Army Air Corps prior to the American entry in World War 2.

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Douglas XP-48 Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1940
Type: Lightweight Fighter Proposal
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Douglas Aircraft Company - USA
Production Total: 0

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 21.82 feet (6.65 meters)
Overall Width: 32.15 feet (9.80 meters)
Overall Height: 8.86 feet (2.70 meters)

Weight (Empty): 2,679 lb (1,215 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 3,406 lb (1,545 kg)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 1 x Ranger SGV-770 V12 inverted liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 525 horsepower and driving a three-bladed propeller at the nose.

Maximum Speed: 351 mph (565 kph; 305 knots)

Armament / Mission Payload

1 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine gun
1 x 0.30 caliber medium machine gun

Global Operators / Customers

United States (cancelled)

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

XP-48 - Base Project Designation