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Curtiss 96 XBTC / 98 XBT2C

 

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In late 1943 Curtiss received a US Navy order for two single-seat torpedo-bomber aircraft Model 96 prototypes under the designation XBTC-1 931401/314020. A low-wing monoplane with considerable dihedral on the outer wing panels, retractable tailwheel landing gear and a 2237kW Pratt & Whitney R-4360-14 Wasp Major engine and three-blade contrarotating prop, but before the first flew, a slightly different version of XR-4360-8A engine was installed in each aircraft, bringing the redesignation XBTC-2. Armament was four 20mm wing cannon. However, Curtiss was now in competition with Douglas, Fleetwings and Martin for this requirement, losing out to Douglas and Martin whose contenders were produced as the AD-1 Skyraider and AM Mauler respectively.
 
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Curtiss XBTC-2
 
In March 1945 Curtiss gained a contract for 10 of the generally similar XBT2C-1. This Model 98 differed by having a lower-powered Wright R-3350-24 engine, reduced armament, accommodation for a crew of two and a search radar pod mounted beneath the starboard wing. Only nine of the 10 were built, and these were the last Curtiss-built aircraft for the US Navy.
 
96 / XBTC
Engine: 2237kW Pratt & Whitney R-4360-14 Wasp Major
Wingspan: 14.02 m / 45 ft 12 in
Length: 11.51 m / 37 ft 9 in
Height: 3.76 m / 12 ft 4 in
Wing area: 34.84 sq.m / 375.01 sq ft
Empty weight: 4 800 kg
Useful load: 3963 lb
Max. speed: 611 km/h / 380 mph
Cruise speed: 180 mph
Stall: 85 mph
Ceiling: 28,000 ft
Range: 2180 km / 1355 miles
Seats: 1
 
98 / XBT2C-1
Engine: 1 x 1864kW Wright R-3350-24 radial
Take-off weight: 8618 kg / 19000 lb
Empty weight: 5565 kg / 12269 lb
Wingspan: 14.50 m / 47 ft 7 in
Length: 11.94 m / 39 ft 2 in
Height: 3.68 m / 12 ft 1 in
Wing area: 38.65 sq.m / 416.02 sq ft
Max. Speed: 531 km/h / 330 mph
Ceiling: 8015 m / 26300 ft
Range: 2108 km / 1310 miles
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannon, 907kg of bombs
Seats: 1
 

 

 

 


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