On 30 June 1941, Curtiss received a prototype development
contract for the XF14C-1 single-seat shipboard
fighter designed around the 2,200hp Lycoming
XH-2470-4 liquid-cooled engine. At a relatively early
stage in the programme, the unsatisfactory state of development
of the Lycoming engine led to the redesign
of the fighter to accept an 18-cylinder two-row Wright
R-3350 as the XF14C-2, this engine driving a six-blade
contraprop. Powered by an XR-3350-16 rated at
2,300hp, and carrying an armament of four 20mm
cannon, the XF14C-2 was flown for the first time in September
1943, but not delivered to the US Navy until July
1944. Performance proved to be substantially below
that specified and the prototype suffered excessive
vibration. In consequence, further development of the
XF14C-2 was abandoned.
|A three-view drawing (1268 x 968)|
| Empty weight||4800 kg||10582 lb|
| Wingspan||14.02 m||46 ft 0 in|
| Length||11.51 m||38 ft 9 in|
| Height||3.76 m||12 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||34.84 m2||375.01 sq ft|
| Max. speed||611 km/h||380 mph|
| Range||2180 km||1355 miles|
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|Klaatu83, e-mail, 22.12.2011 19:14|
By the time this fighter was flown, all the R-3350 engines were required for the Boeing B-29 production program. In any case, considering the reliability problems experienced by the R-3350 engines in the B-29s, it was probably just as well that the Navy the Navy didn't buy this fighter.
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