Fokker XA-7

Summary

The Fokker XA-7 was a prototype attack aircraft ordered in December 1929, and first flown in January 1931 by Fokker and then General Aviation Corporation after it bought Fokker-America in 1930, and entered in a competition held by the United States Army. However, the Curtiss A-8 won the competition, and A-7 development was not continued.

XA-7
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Atlantic-Fokker XA-7
Role Attack
Manufacturer Fokker-America
First flight April 1931
Status Prototype
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 1

Design and developmentEdit

The XA-7 was a two-seat low-wing all-metal monoplane design. It featured a thick cantilever wing, tunnel radiator and two closely spaced open cockpits.

Operational historyEdit

Despite some innovative features, the XA-7 did not proceed past flight test status. After testing, the sole prototype was scrapped.[1]

Specifications (Fokker XA-7)Edit

Data from American attack aircraft since 1926,[2] NMAF : ATLANTIC-FOKKER XA-7,[3] General Aviation (Fokker) XA-7[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)
  • Wing area: 333 sq ft (30.9 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3,866 lb (1,754 kg)
  • Gross weight: 5,650 lb (2,563 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss V-1570-27 Conqueror V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 600 hp (450 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton Standard fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 184 mph (296 km/h, 160 kn) at sea level
  • Landing speed: 61 mph (53 kn; 98 km/h)
  • Range: 500 mi (800 km, 430 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,800 m)

Armament

  • Guns: 4x 0.30 in (7.62 mm) fixed forward firing machine-guns + 1x flexibly mounted 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machine-gun in the rear cockpit
  • Bombs: 488 lb (221 kg) of bombs on external racks

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Atlantic-Fokker XA-7." National Museum of the United States Air Force. Retrieved: 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ Johnson, E.R. (2008). American attack aircraft since 1926. Jefferson: McFarland. pp. 16–18. ISBN 978-0-7864-3464-0.
  3. ^ "ATLANTIC-FOKKER XA-7". National Museum of the USAF. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ Baugher, Joe. "General Aviation (Fokker) XA-7". www.joebaugher.com. Retrieved 18 April 2020.

BibliographyEdit

  • Wagner, Ray. American Combat Planes of the 20th Century, Third Enlarged Edition. New York: Doubleday, 1982. ISBN 978-0-930083-17-5.

External linksEdit

  • General Aviation (Fokker) XA-7