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Abrams Explorer 1937
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Designed specifically for mapping and aerial survey, the Abrams Explorer featured a twin-boom tail and pusher engine configuration for excellent stability and visibility. Its supercharged engine allowed high altitude flight, while ports on the floor accommodated heavy vertical cameras. Also called the Stratoplane, the Explorer was used extensively for five years before being retired. Only one example was built.
Engine: Wright Whirlwind R-975, 450 hp

Arup S-2 1933
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Arup S-2

Arup S-4 with S-2 to the right 1935

Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly 1944
Two-radial-engine ground attack aircraft. Two prototypes were built

Bell  YP-59A with secondary cockpit

Bell XFM-1 Airacuda
Externally, the XFM-1 featured a cutting-edge approach to design when compared to its contemporaries of the late 1930's. The aircraft was designed as a type of bomber destroyer. The system would field a variety of heavy caliber weaponry, be able to carry bombs aloft, and accommodate a crew of 5. The design was expected to provide considerable speed, range, and firepower to fulfill its bomber-destroying purposes.

Power was derived from a pair of Allison V-1710-41 liquid-cooled supercharged V12 engines delivering a lofty 1,150 horsepower each. Despite the adequate output for these engines, the system was designed as a "pusher" type meaning that the propellers were mounted to the rear of each nacelle and thus "pushed" the plane through the air instead of pushing it like traditional piston engines operated. Initially, Larry Bell envisioned his aircraft to fly 300 miles per hour at about 20,000 feet with turbosupercharged Allison engines. This was drastically cut when the Air Corps ordered a scaled-down Allison to be used instead with the reason being that the turbosupercharger proved quite volatile and explosive in the YFM-1 when tested. This effectively destroyed any performance the Airacuda could achieve, bringing the ceiling down to a paltry 12,000 feet and a top speed barely reaching 270 miles per hour.

Bell XP-59 Airacomet

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