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Curtiss P-1032-13

Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal

United States | 1946

"The P-1032-13 was the forth - and final - jet-powered fighter offered to the USAAF regarding the P-1032 fighter proposal of World War 2."

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The forth, and final, proposal by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company concerning P-1032 - a single-seat fighter for the then-United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) - arrived in February of 1944 alongside the P-1032-7, the P-1032-9, and the P-1032-11. In the P-132-7, the aircraft was of conventional arrangement and buried its single turbojet engine in the fuselage. The P-1032-9 followed by "podding" its twin-engine arrangement in underslung wing nacelles. The P-1032-11 was to outdo them all by combining the inherent performance power of a turboprop engine at the nose and a turbojet engine in the fuselage.

The P-1032-13 reverted back to a more traditional arrangement in that a pair of turbojet engines were paired under the fuselage, reducing complexity of a long intake duct assembly by way of its straight-thru approach, making the engines readily accessible to ground crew, and concentrating performance power at the center of the aircraft.

Beyond this, the airframe remained largely faithful to the original: the 4 x 20mm internal automatic cannon arrangement was buried in the nose. The single crewman sat under a largely unobstructed canopy just aft of the nose assembly. The mainplanes were of straight, tapering design with clipped tips, and the empennage comprised a single vertical tailplane with low-set horizontal control planes. A fully-wheeled, fully-retractable undercarriage would be used for ground-running.

The engine of choice was the General Electric J35 (TG-180) turbojet engine and these were to be seated in a side-by-side arrangement directly under the fuselage (the belly). The combined power would have provided for rather excellent performance figures in theory, limited only by range as early-form turbojets were fuel-thirsty solutions.

To compensate for the range restriction, it was thought that a pair of 300-gallon jettisonable fuel tanks could be carried under the wings to compensate for the elevated fuel burn.

Beyond this, the P-1032-13 proposal has a wingspan of 45.8 feet and a running length of 44.01 feet. Performance figures were not estimated though may have been similar to the P-1032-9 and its twin-engine arrangement.

At any rate, the P-1032-13 joined its counterparts in not being evolved beyond the "paper" stage, leaving it to the pages of Curtiss aircraft history.

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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-1032-13 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal.
2 x General Electric J35 (TG-180) turbojet engines of unknown thrust output mounted under the belly of the aircraft; presumably around 4,000lb thrust each unit.
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-1032-13 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal.
45.1 ft
13.75 m
O/A Length
45.8 ft
(13.95 m)
O/A Width
20,801 lb
(9,435 kg)
Empty Weight
25,188 lb
(11,425 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-1032-13 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal .
4 x 20mm automatic cannons in the nose.

2 x 300gal external jettisonable fuel tanks at underwing hardpoints for extended operational ranges.
Notable series variants as part of the Curtiss P-1032-13 family line.
P-1032-13 - Forth proposal seating twin turbojets in side-by-side formation under the fuselage.
P-1032-7 - Original proposal with single-engine (embedded) turbojet configuration.
P-1032-9 - Second proposal with twin-turbojet (podded) configuration.
P-1032-11 - Third proposal with hybrid / combination turboprop-turbojet (inline) arrangement.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Curtiss P-1032-13. 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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