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Boyne Author/Historian Silver Spring, Maryland, USA During 1934-1939, NAA offered numerous fighter type aircraft proposals but to no avail. For example, Lee Atwood designed this two-seat, single-engine experimental pursuit in 1935 to answer USAAC Circular Proposal 35-414 (X-602) that was not proceeded with. (NAA via Walter J. org online, 2012 Fledgling North American Aviation produced two very important military aircraft for combat operations during the Second World War: the twin-engine B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, and the subject of this reference, the single-engine P-51 Mustang interceptor pursuit fighter.
NAA via Chris Wamsley) After Kindelberger had convinced Sir Henry Self that NAA ‘could do it’, the challenge of designing, building and flying a superior pursuit airplane than the Curtiss P-40D Warhawk in less time than it would take to tool up for its production at Inglewood was a daunting task indeed. Nevertheless, after they got the official go-ahead from vice president John Leland ‘Lee’ Atwood, the growing cadre of aeronautical engineers at NAA were determined to meet the challenge. Headed by programme manager/chief engineer Ray Rice, chief of preliminary design Ed Schmued, chief aerodynamicist Ed Horkey and preliminary design team members Stan Smithson and Larry L.
Headed by programme manager/chief engineer Ray Rice, chief of preliminary design Ed Schmued, chief aerodynamicist Ed Horkey and preliminary design team members Stan Smithson and Larry L. Waite, the design of this new pursuit airplane – the X73 as it was then called – moved forwards at a blistering pace. It was a high priority programme and was met with near round-the-clock gusto. Several design features were rapidly established which included: 1) the use of an inline water-cooled piston engine: the twelve cylinder, V-shaped 1,150 hp Allison V-1710-39 to reduce the frontal area as little as possible; 2) employment of the newly developed NACA 6-series laminar flow airfoil in an effort to further reduce parasite drag; and 3) the incorporation of a belly-mounted radiator with a flow-through air scoop and exhaust ducting system.
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