Aircraft Photo of 42-78846 / 278846 | Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender | USA - Air Force | #329149
Registration / Serial:42-78846
Alternate Serial:278846
Aircraft Original Type:Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
Aircraft Generic Type:Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
Aircraft Version:Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
C/n (msn):P.02
Operator / Titles:USA - Air Force
City / Airport:Kalamazoo / Battle Creek - InternationalMap
Region / Country:Michigan, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: KAZO   IATA: AZO   Local: AZO   Other: -
Collection:Air Zoo
Photo Date:9 November 2015
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 329149
Photo Comment

I saw a super You Tube video about this plane last night and remembered that I had seen one at Air Zoo, the only survivor of the three prototypes produced. The plane flew well at high-speed but poorly at low speed, resulting in crashes of the other two prototypes. Development took too long so that fighters in service towards the end of WWII were already better and it was completely killed off by the jet engine.

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