XP-50

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General info

XP-50 in the Garage.

The XP-50 is a premium Rank III American heavy fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/SB) and 3.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

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General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Its excellent climb rate and acceleration make this plane great for energy fighting. It won't be hard to get altitude advantage upon the majority of your opponents, which this plane can outclimb.

Use your climb rate to be the highest plane of the battle: by wepping you should be able to climb at a 25 - 30° angle quite easily. Your priority targets are the highest enemies.

If you notice you were outclimbed, don't hesitate to roll away and climb more as a dive is a risky trade with this plane. If an enemy climbs to catch you, make a 90° climb at full power and when he starts to stall, try to boom & zoom him. Use your acceleration and/or climb rate if someone gets on your six to lose him.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent climb rate.
  • Great acceleration.
  • Good manoeuvrability.
  • Powerful weaponry, thanks to the two AN/M2 cannons.
  • Good cockpit visibility.
  • The engine quickly cools down if you idle the power.
  • Good dive speed.

Cons:

  • Only 120 cannon shells and, once gone, only two .50 MGs
  • Overheats quite fast while using WEP.
  • Manoeuvrability not as responsive during long steep dives.
  • Fragile, air frame.
  • Hard to survive a engine fire.

Specifications

Armaments

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannon, nose-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright R-1820-69 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1014 hp (Stock), 1207 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1113 hp (Stock), 1306 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 537 kg
Name: Wright R-1820-69 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1003 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1102 hp (Stock), 1199 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 537 kg
Name: Wright R-1820-69 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1003 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1102 hp (Stock), 1199 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 537 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 651 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 21.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 713 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 18.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 34.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 640 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 21.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 21.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 681 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 19.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 25.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 640 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 21.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 21.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 681 km/h
    • at height: 6,700 m
  • Max altitude: 10,400 m
  • Turn Time: 19.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 25.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 444 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

As a premium vehicle, all modifications are already equipped when purchasing the XP-50.

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

Grumman XP-50 twin-engine army fighter prototype


Practically at the same time the XF5F-1 Skyrocket carrier-based fighter was being created, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation designers worked on the development of a promising interceptor, based on the XF5F-1, for the United States Army Air Corps. The prototype was given a company designation of Model G-46 and an army designation of ХР-50.
The USAAC issued an order for production of the new aircraft on November 25, 1939. Although the ХР-50 was similar to the XF5F-1 externally, a number of significant changes were introduced into the original layout. Unlike its carrier-based predecessor, the ХР-50 was not a low-wing but a mid-wing monoplane, the fuselage was significantly lengthened, the shape of the pilot's cockpit canopy was changed, and the tailplane span was reduced.
The plane was powered by two Wright XR-1820-67/79 Cyclone nine-cylinder, air-cooled engines, with a left- and right-handed reduction gear, producing a takeoff power of 1,200 hp. Due to the new engines installed, the shape of the nacelles and engine cowlings was changed.
The aircraft's armament included two 20 mm Hispano-Suiza AN-M2 cannons, with 60 rounds each, and two 12.7 mm Colt-Browning AN-M2.5 machine guns, with 500 rounds each, mounted in the forward fuselage. In addition, the aircraft could carry two 100 lb (45 kg) bombs under its wing panels.
Instead of the XF5F-1's tail wheel, the ХР-50 had a nose landing gear. The plane's fuel tanks were self-sealing, and the pilot was protected just as he was in the Navy version, i. e. with the help of an armored front bulkhead, an armored backrest, and an armored floor.
The XP-50 (Ser No. 40-3057) prototype got off the ground for the first time on 18 February 1941, with Robert Hall, a Grumman test pilot, at the controls. The test flights showed that the ХР-50 had a better controllability than the XF5F-1. In addition, the turbosupercharged engines ensured the ХР-50's much better characteristics at medium and high altitudes.

On 14 May 1941, during the 15th test flight of the ХР-50 prototype, the turbosupercharger of one of the engines was destroyed, the cause undetermined, and the turbine blades flying in all directions severed the line running to the hydraulic nose landing gear extension system. Pilot Robert Hall successfully bailed out of the damaged vehicle. After the first prototype was lost, all work on the ХР-50 was discontinued.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the XP-50 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png XP-50
Nation USA
Type Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4450 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~4810 kg
Takeoff Weight ~6530 kg
Wing Area ~28 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~681.00 kph at 6700 m
Climb Rate ~25.00 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~269.28 kph
Turn Time ~19.73 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~158.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~9811 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~10604 lb
Takeoff Weight ~14396 lb
Wing Area ~304 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~423.15 mph at 21982 m
Climb Rate 82.02 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~167.32 mph
Turn Time 19.73 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~32.36 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x 20 mm AN/M2 60 rpg
2 x 12.7 mm M2/early Browning 500 rpg
Limits
Max Speed limit 750 kph
Gear lmit 320 kph
Combat Flaps 480 kph
Max static +G's ~10
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <350 kph
Rudder <400 kph
Elevators <350 kph
Radiator >300 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 466 mph
Gear lmit 199 mph
Combat Flaps 298 mph
Max static +G's ~10
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <217 mph
Rudder <249 mph
Elevators <217 mph
Radiator >186 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
5520 m
18110 ft
100% Enginepower 2200 hp
WEP Enginepower 2398 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)