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Curtiss P-1032-9

Turbojet-Powered Fighter Proposal

United States | 1946

"The Curtiss P-1032-9 was the second of four designs intended to interest the USAAF in an early jet-powered fighter."

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The Curtiss P-1032-9 was the second of four proposals attempting to interest United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) authorities in one of their first turbojet-powered single-seat fighters during the latter stages of World War 2 (1939-1945). The P-1032 design series, as a whole, emerged in February of 1944 while the war was still in doubt and the turbojet was showing itself to be the future of aerial combat. Like the P-1032-7 before it, the P-1032-9 was not evolved beyond its "paper" stage and eventually fell to the pages of aviation history.

In the original P-1032-7, a single turbojet engine was the focus of the design, the unit to be buried within the fuselage and aspirated by wing leading edge intakes. The P-1032-9 took on a different approach, instead centering on two turbojet engines for maximum power / performance while leaving these as easily accessible nacelles under each mainplane member. The arrangement was similar to what the Germans used in their Messeschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" wartime jet fighter.

Beyond the relocation of the engine(s), the P-1032-9 retained the general form and function of the original offering. The pilot sat aft of a lengthened nosecone assembly which housed an array of 4 x 20mm internal automatic cannons. The cockpit was covered over in a lightly-framed canopy. The mainplanes were low-mounted, straight structures with clipped tips. The empennage featured a single vertical tailfin and low-set horizontal planes. A tricycle undercarriage (wheeled and retractable) would satisfy ground-running actions.

The exterior placement of the engine nacelles would make maintenance / replacement in the field or depot relatively easy as accessibility was second-to-none in such a configuration. While the use of two turbojets simultaneously enhanced performance and outright power, early turbojet forms were also exceedingly fuel-thirsty, meaning that operational ranges were not entirely addressed utilizing the original P-1032 design. The original model would carry twin jettisonable fuel tanks, one under each wing, while the P-1032-9 was to rely on a centerline exterior fuel tank to enhance range.

On the whole, the P-1032-9 variant was dimensionally larger than the first, having a wingspan of 45.8 feet and a running length of 44.10 feet. Its estimated maximum speed was 620 miles-per-hour in ideal conditions, able to reach altitudes over 40,000 feet (necessitating an ejection seat and cockpit pressurization), and range out to 1,500 miles with the central fuel tank in place.

Beyond its proposal work, little else was had on the P-1032-9. The P-1032-11 that followed attempted to mate the power of an early-form turboprop engine with a single turbojet. The P-1032-13 centered two turbojets along the ventral fuselage line for concentrated power output. Neither of these design fared any better.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Curtiss P-1032-9 Turbojet-Powered Fighter Proposal.
2 x Turbojet engines of unknown make, model, and output power mounted under the wing mainplanes. Presumably the GE/Allison J35 of about 4,000lb of thrust each.
621 mph
1,000 kph | 540 kts
Max Speed
404 mph
650 kph | 351 kts
Cruise Speed
40,026 ft
12,200 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
1,491 miles
2,400 km | 1,296 nm
Operational Range
6,650 ft/min
2,027 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Curtiss P-1032-9 Turbojet-Powered Fighter Proposal.
44.9 ft
13.69 m
O/A Length
45.8 ft
(13.95 m)
O/A Width
21,010 lb
(9,530 kg)
Empty Weight
25,386 lb
(11,515 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Curtiss P-1032-9 Turbojet-Powered Fighter Proposal .
4 x 20mm Internal automatic cannons in nose assembly.

1 x External jettisonable fuel tank supported at a single ventral centerline (belly) hardpoint.
Notable series variants as part of the Curtiss P-1032-9 family line.
P-1032-9 - Base Project Designation.
P-1032-7 - Original design form with single, embedded turbojet engine; leading wing root intakes.
P-1032-11 - Proposed combination powered fighter with inline turboprop engine and turbojet engine arrangement.
P-1032-13 - Final proposal featuring twin turbojet engine arranged as a pair (side-by-side) under the fuselage.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Curtiss P-1032-9. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Curtiss Aeroplane Company - USA
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