Curtiss XF15C


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Curtiss XF15C

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.

Curtiss XF15CA three-view drawing (1687 x 1143)

  Take-off weight7543 kg16630 lb
  Empty weight5737 kg12648 lb
  Wingspan14.63 m48 ft 0 in
  Length13.41 m44 ft 0 in
  Height4.65 m15 ft 3 in
  Wing area37.16 m2399.99 sq ft
  Max. speed695 km/h432 mph
  Range2228 km1384 miles

walt downs, e-mail, 13.01.2016 23:08

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]


Klaatu83, e-mail, 19.12.2012 19:30

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.


paidui, 21.06.2011 06:28

Wright Hanger, in Buffalo, and helped me up into the cockpit. At that age the cockpit appeared to be pretty roomy.


Claude P Laflamme, e-mail, 11.11.2010 04:16

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 @ and I will send you photos of the cockpit and any other request you have.


Brad Linscott, e-mail, 17.10.2010 19:29

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, e-mail, 18.06.2010 01:14

I am currently restoring XF15C-1 #3 The plane is in very good condition.


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