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The Northrop XP-56 "Black Bullet" was a unique prototype fighter interceptor designed during the Second World War. Created in Second Life by Velocity Aeronautics, the aircraft was based on the real-life Northrop XP-56 "Black Bullet".

Background

The XP-56 Black Bullet was a unique prototype fighter interceptor built by Northrop. It was one of the most radical of the experimental aircraft built during World War II. Ultimately, it was unsuccessful, and never produced.

The initial idea for the XP-56 was quite radical for 1939. It was to have no horizontal tail, only a small vertical tail, used an experimental engine, and be produced using a novel metal. The aircraft was to be a wing with a small central fuselage added to house the engine and pilot. The hope was that this configuration would have less aerodynamic drag than a conventional airplane.

On the 10th flight the pilot noted extreme tail heaviness, lack of power, and excessive fuel consumption. Flight testing was then ceased as too hazardous, and the project was abandoned after a year of inactivity. By 1946, the U.S. Army Air Forces was developing jet-powered fighters, and had no need for a new piston-powered fighter aircraft.

Features

  • Automatic Fly-Safe to avoid problems with full parcels.
  • Water crash detection (prevents flying below water-level).
  • Guest Mode.
  • Dynamic camera.
  • Animated canopy and landing gear.
  • Navigation lights.
  • Dual flight modes.
  • Package includes two paint schemes and display models.

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