The last Boeing fighter of biplane configuration, the
Model 236 single-seat shipboard fighter was designed
around the 14-cylinder two-row Pratt & Whitney R-1535
Twin Wasp Junior engine rated at 625hp at 1676m. Of all-metal construction with fabric-covered
wings, the Model 236 was assigned the designation
XF6B-1 by the US Navy and flew on 1 February 1933.
Armament comprised two 7.62mm guns and provision was made for a single 227kg bomb or
two 52kg bombs, and on 21 March 1934, the
prototype was assigned the new "bomber-fighter" designation
of XBFB-1. The engine installation and undercarriage
were refined during the test and evaluation
programme, but no production was undertaken.
|A three-view drawing (1278 x 930)|
| Take-off weight||1680 kg||3704 lb|
| Empty weight||1038 kg||2288 lb|
| Wingspan||8.69 m||29 ft 6 in|
| Length||6.74 m||22 ft 1 in|
| Height||3.22 m||11 ft 7 in|
| Wing area||23.41 m2||251.98 sq ft|
| Max. speed||322 km/h||200 mph|
| Range||845 km||525 miles|
|Bob Tufo, 11.02.2016|
This is my all time favorite bi-plane , I wish that I could have flown it .
I have my doubts about it flying for China and being shot down ; pure horse ---- .
Its American pilot scrambled to intercept Japanese fighters in 1935-37 and was shot down.
Boeing XF6B-1 / Model 236
I believe one of these MAY have been demonstrated to the Nationalist Chinese government some time in the 1930s. Its American pilot scrambled to intercept Japanese fighters in 1935-37 and was shot down.
|Bob Tufo, 30.04.2009|
I think the F6B-1 is the finest looking Bi-Plane of all.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?