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Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:00 am
by O3U
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Consolidated XP4Y-1 Corregidor also known as the Consolidated C-31.

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A recent visit to the National Archives II allowed me some time to look through photographs in Record Group 72 which pertains to the Bureau of Aeronautics. In the final box of the series while looking for other information there was a folder marked Consolidated C-31. Looking inside I found a series of photographs of a large flying boat design that I had not seen before.

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The aircraft was the first of the Consolidated product line to use the high mounted, high aspect ratio (long, narrow) cantilever wing (Davis Wing). The C-31 would first fly two months after the contract was signed for the most famous aircraft using the Davis wing the Consolidated Model C-32 (B-24).

The flight trials were quite successful for the aircraft and a production contract was placed. A new aircraft production plant was constructed on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans to support building the P4Y-1 aircraft for the US Navy.

The C-31 was the first aircraft to fly with the new, and experimental at the time, Wright R-3350 Duplex Cyclone engine. The need for engine production to support the B-29 program would prove to be the undoing of the XP4Y-1 program.

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The P4Y-1 contract was canceled to allow the allocation of all the R-3350 engines to support B-29 production and the Lake Pontchartrain facility produced PBY aircraft instead.

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A shout out to the staff at NARA II for helping to find these photos! The photos are contained in Records Group 72-AC Box 108 Folder A.

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8/5/17 Rehosted photos and fixed links

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:03 am
by O3U
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8/5/17 Rehosted images and updated links

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:44 pm
by dogsbody
Nice find. Thanks for posting.


Chris

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 3:26 pm
by O3U
Furthering the series, here are some alighting gear photos for land and water.

First the land.

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And the water wings.

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8/5/17 Rehosted images and updated links

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 3:43 pm
by O3U
Here are some further NARA II images from a proposal booklet.

Artist Concept.

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General Arrangement.

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Interior Arrangement.

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Bow Gun

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Tail Gun

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8/5/17 Rehosted images and fixed links

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 5:16 pm
by MrWidgeon
What a great find, Thanks !

Bill

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:26 am
by seawings
O3U,

Well done that man!

I agree with the others, what a find. I have nothing on that 'boat whatsoever in the SEAWINGS archive..... :D

Just goes to show what there must be still 'out there'!

Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:19 pm
by O3U
I was back on the forum updating images after I closed my photobucket account, I found
a few additional Corregidor images to share with you.

Tail gun turret

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Mockup

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Additional Mockup view

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Re: Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:28 pm
by dogsbody
Thanks.


Chris