McDonnell XP-67 "Moonbat"

McDonnell XP-67 "Moonbat"

X-Planes 17
  • Author: Steve Richardson, Peggy Mason
  • Illustrator: Adam Tooby
  • Short code: XPL 17
  • Publication Date: 24 Nov 2022
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Packed with never-before-seen photos, plans and meticulous new digital artwork, this is the first history of the USAAF's futuristic World War II prototype interceptor, the XP-67 "Moonbat".

The series of X-planes that sprang from the US Army's Request for Data R40C, focused on high-altitude, high-speed, long-range bomber interceptors. Among these aircraft was the McDonnell Aircraft Company's first ever clean sheet design, the XP67. Its futuristic lines promised performance that it was ultimately unable to deliver, but development was still underway when disaster struck. Just before Army performance demonstration flights were scheduled to begin, an engine fire destroyed the only XP-67 prototype, leaving a host of unanswered questions about what might have been, and leading to decades of continuing fascination with the XP-67 among aviation buffs and aircraft modelers.

The authors of this book have uncovered new sources of information and a wealth of photographs and line drawings that document not just the XP-67 but also its immediate precursors within the McDonnell Aircraft design community, as well as alternative configurations for unbuilt variants aimed at different missions. Packed with unpublished photos of all stages of construction including key airframe changes made after initial flight tests, showing in detail how the final configuration was evolved, this volume finally provides clear focus on a story that has long been shrouded in mystery.

Biographical Note

Steve Richardson graduated with BS Aerospace Engineering, 1974, and worked as Engineer at two Naval Air Rework Facilities, as Systems Engineer and technical writer for Stencel Aero Engineering and had a role in Operations Analysis for McDonnell Douglas. He has written all kinds of technical materials for proposals, white papers and professional papers. He retired in 2016 as a Technical Fellow, and holds six United States patents.Margaret (Peggy) Mason was a U.S. Air Force public affairs technician, working as a military journalist and photographer for nearly 20 years. She worked for nine years at the Boeing Company in Communications for the company's International Business Division before retiring in 2012. She holds a BA in Organizational Studies (2007) and a MM (Master of Management, 2010) from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.


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