Suppose there was no Curtiss wright: P-35 with the Allison 1710 liquid cooled engine

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    #1 oldcrowcv63, Sep 8, 2013
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    I have had one too many Bellini cocktails tonight on the canals of Venezia and the following thought surfaced based on thread entires discussing the evolution of the P-40 from the P-36: Suppose no Curtiss Wright and no P-36, would the P-35 have been nominated for installation of the Allison V-1710 engine?
    What would it have looked like? How would it perform?

    Probably have to imagine a P-43 with an Allison.
     
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    I think the P35 was a good basic design as proved by the later P47's and Regianne's, no idea how well the Allison would have worked in it though but at a guess maybe as well as it did in the P40. As far as appearance goes, again I don't know perhaps the design may have turned into something more like the Regianne that the P47.
     
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    Biggest thing with no P-36, then there would be no P-40, and North American wouldn't have been approached to build them for Britain, and thus no P-51.............
     
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    The reason the Army chose the P-36 over the P-35 for a trial installation of the V-1710 was that it was very much narrower behind the engine section. This would suggest that a P-35/V-1710 would not gain the advantage over its parent aircraft than the P-40 did over the P-36.
     
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    I would imagine that if the P-35 was chosen as the airframe for the V-1710 that it would spawn the P-37 and P-40 variants.
     
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    Let's suppose they based it on something like the XP-40Q. It might look something like this ...

    P35_Allison.jpg

    On the other hand, maybe not ...
     
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    The P35, and later P43, wet wing concept never worked out.
     
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