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Anyone know what this is ? Landing gear reminds me of Thunderbolt, but the rest makes me think Curtiss ? NmSG39F.jpg
The photo us one of many in a Late uncles collection of personal photo’s from WW2 thru the late 1970’s. 
 

Dennis

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13 minutes ago, Graham Boak said:

I think it is one of the varied Curtiss P-60 prototypes.  Start looking there, anyway.

 

11 minutes ago, Jure Miljevic said:

I think there is low-back visible, so that would be Curtiss YP-60 E (43-32763), I believe. Cheers

Jure

You were correct gentlemen thank you it is the YP-60E. 
 

http://www.aviastar.org/air/usa/curtiss_yp-60e.php

 

Dennis

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The YP-60E in that pic appears to have heavily clipped wings and the background appears to be a civilian location.

Could I take it a stage further and suggest that the A/C in the photo is Jim De Santo's P-60E in the process of being modified?

De Santo took it to the 1947 air races. Shot below shows it after modification, but before the air races. It had a new colour scheme by then.

Of interest is the way the clipping of the wings has resulted in a truncated registration.

There is a comprehensive article on this A/C in Wings Magazine of June 1985.

Peter Malone

 

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According to the Wings article, (June 1986 not '85 as I wrote above), in December 1946, De Santo flew the A/C from Jackson, Michigan to Gainsville, Florida, where it was modified.

Was your uncle doing his training in Florida in the first half of 1947?

DeSanto then took the A/C to Cleveland in August, but the tail came off in a high speed run. His paratropper training came to his aid in his successful bail out at low level.

That was the end of the YP-60E.

 

Peter

 

PS. This photo in the Wings article shows the A/C in front of, what appears to be, the same hangar in your shot.

 

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Late to the party, as usual! Yes, the photo Dennis posted was the YP-60E,  s/n 43-32763, and as  Peter posted was purchased surplus by Jim DeSanto. Anigrand did a resin kit of the XP-60C/E razorback version, kit 2064, which could be converted to the YP-60E with the  bubble canopy,and four-bladed prop, which was much more handsome than the XP's, in my opinion.

Mike 

 

https://www.anigrand.com/AA2064_XP-60.htm

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3 hours ago, Magpie22 said:

Was your uncle doing his training in Florida in the first half of 1947?

End of 1946 early 1947. 

 

3 hours ago, 72modeler said:

Anigrand did a resin kit of the XP-60C/E razorback version, kit 2064

Nice but very pricey. 
 

I have boat loads of photo’s from his USN years, mostly on the U.S.S.Sitkoh Bay CVE-86

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Sitkoh_Bay

 

I have some but not many on LSMR 521 Rainey River

 

https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/06/06521.htm

 

Dennis

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