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XP55 Ascender

Curtiss XP-55 Ascender Prototype Wood Model Airplane


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XP55 Ascender

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Keep a piece of history with you anytime with our XP55 Ascender mahogany model airplane!

Model Airplane: XP-55 Ascender Prototype Fighter Aircraft
Wingspan: 18"
Fuselage Length: 13.5"
Scale: 1/27
Material: Mahogany wood
Manufacturer: Curtiss-Wright
Engine: Propeller
Era: Cancelled
Branch: United States Army Air Corps(USAAC)

Model Airplane Factory offers you this elegant Curtiss XP55 Ascender display plane wooden model made from finest kiln-dried mahogany wood. Curtiss XP55 Ascender display plane wooden is hand carved from solid mahogany and completely hand painted. After passing through several stages of sanding and priming, our talented artists paint and detail the Curtiss XP55 Ascender model airplane with historically correct markings of the XP-55 Ascender. Our XP-55 Ascender wooden aircraft display is a beautiful, handmade authentic replica, made from the very finest grade of select kiln-dried mahogany wood and painstakingly decorated by our skilled craftsmen. The Curtiss Ascender aircraft model display wood will be painted according to the specific color scheme of the XP55 Ascender for their historical significance and authenticity. The XP-55 Ascender plane wooden display is supplied with a mahogany base for display.

The XP-55 Ascender (Curtiss Model 249C), was a prototype fighter aircraft built by Curtiss. Along with the XP-54 and XP-56, it resulted from Army Air Corps proposal R-40C issued on November 27, 1939 calling for unconventional aircraft designs. A highly unusual design for its time, it had a canard configuration, with a pusher prop, swept wings and two vertical tails. Because of its pusher design, it was sarcastically referred to as the "Ass-ender." Like the XP-54, the Ascender was initially designed for the Pratt & Whitney X-1800 engine and had to be redesigned when the engine project was canceled. It would also be the first Curtiss fighter to use tricycle landing gear.

The third prototype survived flight testing but was destroyed in a crash during an airshow at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio on May 27, 1945, killing the pilot. The only surviving XP-55 was flown to Warner Robins Field in Georgia in May, 1945. Later, it would be taken to Freeman Field before being transferred to the National Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. For many years its fuselage was displayed at the Smithsonian's Paul Garber restoration facility in Suitland, Maryland. In December, 2001 the aircraft was transferred to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan for restoration by Museum staff. The aircraft was found to be in overall good condition, with much of its original paint still intact. After nearly five years of restoration the aircraft was put on display at the Air Zoo on May 26, 2006 and is on long-term loan from the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum.

XP55 Ascender is a made-to-order model. Production & Delivery time for a Made To Order model is approximately 12-14 weeks.

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