US Navy interest in the mixed-power concept for shipboard
fighters - aircraft employing a piston engine for
cruise and an auxiliary turbojet to provide supplementary power for take-off, climb and maximum speed -
which had resulted in orders for three prototypes of the
Ryan XFR-1 and 100 production FR-1s, was taken a
stage further on 7 April 1944 with the placing with Curtiss
of a contract for three prototypes of the appreciably
more powerful XF15C-1. This was to be powered by a
2,100hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W 18-cylinder tworow
radial and a 1226kgp Allis-Chalmers
J36 (Halford H-1B) turbojet. Armament was to comprise
four wing-mounted 20mm cannon. The first XF15C-1
was flown on 27 February 1945, without the turbojet installed,
this being fitted by April, but the aircraft was
lost on 8 May when it crashed during a landing
approach. The second XF15C-1 flew on 9 July 1945, and
was joined soon after by the third, both subsequently
having their low-set horizontal tail surfaces replaced by
a T-tail arrangement. The flight test programme continued
until October 1946, by which time the US Navy
had lost interest in the mixed power arrangement and
cancelled further development.
|A three-view drawing (1687 x 1143)|
| Take-off weight||7543 kg||16630 lb|
| Empty weight||5737 kg||12648 lb|
| Wingspan||14.63 m||48 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.41 m||44 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.65 m||15 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||37.16 m2||399.99 sq ft|
| Max. speed||695 km/h||432 mph|
| Range||2228 km||1384 miles|
|walt downs, 13.01.2016|
i'd like to get a 3 view drawing.. that I can model it in paper, as a card model. This is one rare aircraft![modeler for 60 years]
This was Curtiss' proposal to meet the Navy's request for a mixed-power, carrier-based fighter. Unfortunately for Curtiss, Ryan's FR-1 "Fireball" was flying in June 1944, eight months earlier than the XF15C. As a result, the FR-1 was ordered into production and was just entering squadron service at the time WW-II ended, at which time the XF15C was still under test.
Wright Hanger, in Buffalo, and helped me up into the cockpit. At that age the cockpit appeared to be pretty roomy.
|Claude P Laflamme, 11.11.2010|
XF15C-1 #3 is currently at the Quonset Air Museum in Rhode Island. Brad, I'm currently restoring this aircraft. I'm a big guy and the cockpit has plenty of room for me. I will email you at the above address. My email listed above is wrong. Please email me @ Claude@Firehousemail.com and I will send you photos of the cockpit and any other request you have.
|Brad Linscott, 17.10.2010|
My father, Austin B. Linscott, led a team to design the landing gear for this airplane. When I was 9 years old he took me into the Curtiss Wright Hanger, in Buffalo, and helped me up into the cockpit. At that age the cockpit appeared to be pretty roomy.
|Claude P. Laflamme, 18.06.2010|
I am currently restoring XF15C-1 #3 The plane is in very good condition.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?