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Vultee XA-41

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Consolidated-Vultee XA-41
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Consolidated-Vultee XA-41
Role Ground Attack
Crew 1
First Flight 11 February 1944
Entered Service
Manufacturer Consolidated-Vultee
Length 48 ft 8 in 14.83 m
Wingspan 54 ft 0 in 16.46 m
Height 13 ft 11 in 4.24 m
Wing area ft²
Empty lb kg
Loaded lb kg
Maximum takeoff 24,188 lb 10,971 kg
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney R-4360
Wasp Major radial
Power 3000 hp 2.24 MW
Maximum speed 363 mph 584 km/h
Combat range 800 mi 1290 km
Ferry range mi km
Service ceiling 29,300 ft 8,900 m
Rate of climb ft/min m/min
Wing loading lb/ft² kg/m²
Power/Mass hp/lb kW/kg
Guns 4 wing-mounted .50 cal machine guns
Bombs 6400 lb (2,900 kg) of ordinance
Rockets 8-12

The Vultee XA-41 was originally ordered as a dive bomber, however the contract was later amended to change the role to low-level ground attack, after combat experience lead the Army Air Corps to believe that dive-bombers were too vulnerable to enemy fighters.

Fitted with a 3,000-horsepower (2,240 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial engine, only one of the two prototypes ordered was completed.

Flying for the first time on 11 February 1944, the XA-41 proved to have good performance, however with the reduction in military orders due to the approaching end of the war, no production contract was placed, and the aircraft was used as an engine test bed.