Boeing XP-15 / XF5B-1


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Boeing XP-15 / XF5B-1

During the course of 1929, work began as a private venture on two prototypes of a single-seat parasol fighter monoplane, one of these prototypes (Model 202) being intended for offer to the USAAC and the other (Model 205) having arrester gear for US Navy evaluation. The Models 202 and 205 featured a semi-monocoque metal fuselage and metal wings, with smooth, non-stressed metal skinning. Provision was made for the standard twin 7.62mm gun armament and the Model 205 could carry a single 227kg bomb or five 13kg bombs. The Model 202 had a Pratt & Whitney SR-1340D Wasp rated at 450hp at 2438m and the Model 205 had an SR-1340C rated at 480hp at sea level. The Model 202 was flown in January 1930, and was unofficially assigned the designation XP-15 when evaluated by the USAAC. During evaluation it was fitted with a ring cowling and revised vertical tail surfaces, but was rejected by the USAAC and eventually crashed on 7 February 1931. The similar Model 205 was assigned the designation XF5B-1, and underwent modifications identical to those applied to the Model 202. Flown in February 1930, the XF5B-1 was used for experimental purposes for three years, no production being undertaken.

Boeing XP-15 / XF5B-1A three-view drawing (1280 x 886)

 MODELModel 202 (XP-15)
  Take-off weight1245 kg2745 lb
  Empty weight931 kg2053 lb
  Wingspan9.29 m31 ft 6 in
  Length6.40 m21 ft 0 in
  Height2.84 m9 ft 4 in
  Wing area14.61 m2157.26 sq ft
  Max. speed298 km/h185 mph


bulldog bob, e-mail, 31.03.2009 07:01

Boeing's Model 205, (USN designation XF-5b),seems to be a good subject for a scale RC scratch-built project. For its era,it had clean lines; if Boeing, USAAC or the Navy had stuck with it and tweeked it (better wing /control proportions and positioning ,more power), Im sure they could have had a pre-WW2 winner. Does anyone out there have any more info on the Navy version, color sceme,etc.,.......anyone buid a flying model of this plane? Would appreciate any info available.

Round engines forever,


Jeral, e-mail, 11.07.2021 bulldog bob

I have repaired an antique control line model of the XF5B-1. We believe
that it was built about 1945 and I have bought a 1938 Cyclone .65
engine and mounted it on the model as we believe it had. The control
wires come out the Right wing and rudder is deflected as required. We
are going to put the model in the Eugene model museum this September.
I have built a flying 1 /10 replica of the 1 /10 antique model control line and I am planning on flying the replica in the C /L scale event in
Roseburg, Oregon in September 4. The models have a dark green Boeing
color fuselage and the wings and tail are yellow top and bottom. I believe
that this is the correct color per the internet pictures and Navy Jounal 84


faucard, e-mail, 11.11.2008 11:43

Dear Sir,
Do you know the color of this aircraft (XF5B-1), I think Blue fuselage and Yellow wing & tail surface ??.
Can you confirm ?.
Best regards.


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