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Postwar

Grumman AF-2S Guardian (Airmodel, Vacu)

TYPE: Anti-submarine strike aircraft

ACCOMMODATION: Crew of two

POWER PLANT: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-48W Double Wasp, rated at 2,400 h.p.

PERFORMANCE: 350 m.p.h. at 15,000ft

COMMENT: In contrast to the radar equipped AF-2W, the Grumman AF-2S was armed with one torpedo or two bombs or two depth-charges in weapons bay. The AF-2S carried a smaller wing mounted APS-30 radar and a search light. Both, the AF-2W and the AF-2S operated in a “hunter” and “killer” role. A total of 193 AF-2S were produced

 

Grumman AF-2W Guardian (Airmodel, Vacu)

TYPE: Anti-submarine search aircraft

ACCOMMODATION: Crew of four

POWER PLANT: Pratt & Whitney R.2800-48W Double Wasp, rated at 2,400 h.p.

PERFORMANCE:  317 m.p.h. at 16,000 ft

COMMENT: Originally designed as a replacement of the highly successful Grumman TBF Avenger anti-submarine search aircraft. In place of defensive armament the new torpedo-bomber had a Westinghouse 19XB turbojet in the tail to give it a high escape speed. Later the the design was revised and a large ventral radar set was built in. In that configuration the aircraft was used as a hunter in cooperation with the Grumman AF-2S as a killer. A total of 153 AF-2W were built.

Chance Vought Jet Skimmer (Unicraft)

TYPE: Carrier-borne STOL-fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Two Westinghouse J 34-WE-30 turbojet, rated at 760 kp each

PERFORMANCE: Not available

COMMENT: Projected  jet version of the piston engine powered XF5U-1. No further details available

Chance Vought F7U-1 Cutlass (Anigrand, Resin)

TYPE: Carrier-based fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Two Westinghouse J 34-WE-32 turbojets, rated at 1,300 kp each

PERFORMANCE:  602 m.p.h.

COMMENT: This design based on research data from the German Arado company with tailless projects. 14 F7U-1 were built, followed by 290 F7U-3

Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark (Anigrand, Resin)

TYPE: Carrier-borne attack aircraft

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Allison XT40-A-2 coupled turboprop engine, rated at 4,000 h.p., driving two contra-rotating propellers,

PERFORMANCE: 501 m.p.h.

COMMENT: Planned successor of the Douglas  Skyraider. But only seven built