Seversky Sev-2XP
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Seversky Sev-2XP

The SEV-2XP (the designation indicating 2-seat experimental Pursuit) designed by Alexander Kartveli was a derivative of the first product of the Seversky Aircraft Corporation, the commercial SEV-3 three-seat monoplane. An all-metal semi-monocoque aircraft with a fixed spatted undercarriage, the SEV-2XP was flown in the spring of 1935 with the unsatisfactory Wright R-1670 14-cylinder radial offering 735hp for take-off, provision being made for an armament of two synchronised machine guns, one of 7.62mm and the other of 12.7mm, and one 7.62mm gun on a flexible mount in the rear cockpit. In May 1935, the USAAC Material Division initiated a contest for a new single-seat fighter. Maj Alexander P de Seversky, believing the SEV-2XP capable of out-performing any single-seat fighter, entered this aircraft as a contender. In the event, the SEV-2XP was damaged in an accident on 18 June while en route to the contest. It was therefore returned to the manufacturer and reworked as the single-seat SEV-1XP.

    Take-off weight2404 kg5300 lb
    Empty weight1633 kg3600 lb
    Wingspan10.97 m36 ft 0 in
    Length7.49 m25 ft 7 in
    Height2.62 m9 ft 7 in
    Wing area20.44 m2220.01 sq ft
    Max. speed441 km/h274 mph
    Range1529 km950 miles

Klaatu83, 17.03.2011

Seversky produced this aircraft to satisfy an Army Air Corps requirement for a high-performance, two-seat fighter. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, apart from the fact that the Air Corps had the good sense to abandon the two-seat fighter concept. Undeterred, Seversky re-worked the plane into a single-seat fighter, and was awarded a production contract for it under the designation P-35.

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