P-66 Vanguard

The P-66 Vanguard was an American single-engine fighter designed and developed by Vultee Aircraft. Not only was it manufactured in a limited number (147), but also saw limited combat action during World War II, in China, asigned to the Chinese 3rd and 5th Combat Groups until it was replaced by Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft. Although it was slightly faster than the A6M Zero and the Nakajima Ki-44, the Vanguard was not as maneuverable as these Japanese fighters. Weapons: four .30 (7.62mm) machine guns and two .50 (12.7mm)-caliber M2 Browning machine guns.

Specifications

Wingspan: 35 ft 10 in (10.92)

Length: 28 ft 5 in (8.66m)

Engine: one 1200 hp, Pratt & Whitney R-1830-33 14-cylinder

Maximum speed: 341 mph (550km/h)

Range: 400 miles

Ceiling: 28,200 ft (8,600m) of altitude

P-66_Vanguard

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