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Adam the Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly by KirovRampager Adam the Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly by KirovRampager
Decided to redraw this char with my better skills

The United States Army Air Forces awarded the Beech Aircraft Corporation a contract in December 1942 for two prototypes for their Model 28 "Destroyer". The requirement was for a powerful ground attack aircraft to replace the Douglas A-20 Havoc, with the ability to hit "hardened" targets like tanks and bunkers. This capability was achieved through a 75 mm cannon with 20 rounds, mounted in a fixed position on the nose as well as two .50 cal (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns firing forward. Defensive armament consisted of remotely-controlled ventral and dorsal turrets, each armed with twin .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns. There were to be two crew members, a pilot and an observer/gunner in the rear cabin, using periscope sights to aim the guns.

On 7 May 1944, Beech test pilot Vern Carstens flew the XA-38 on its maiden flight from the company's Wichita airfield. The aircraft proved satisfactory in all respects and better than expected in some, including top speed.

During testing, the XA-38 prototypes were flown by U.S. Army pilots and serviced by military personnel, proving to be reliable and establishing a high level of serviceability.

The armament proved especially effective and had it not been for wartime priorities shifting in 1944, the aircraft would most likely have been ordered in quantity, although the B-29 had priority for the Wright R-3350 engines. Instead, one prototype was scrapped and the other Adam, intended for the USAF Museum, had an unknown fate.


General characteristics

Crew: 2
Length: 51 ft 9 in (15.77 m)
Wingspan: 67 ft 4 in (20.52 m)
Height: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Wing area: 626 ft (58.15 m)
Empty weight: 22,480 lb (10,197 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 35,265 lb (15,996 kg)
Powerplant: 2 Wright R-3350-43 air-cooled radial engine, 2,300 hp (1,716 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 370 mph (322 knots, 595 km/h) at 17,000 ft (5,180 m)
Range: 1,625 miles (1,413 nmi, 2,615 km)
Service ceiling: 29,000 ft (8,840 m)
Rate of climb: 2,600 ft/min (13.2 m/s)

Armament

Guns:
1 T15E1 75 mm cannon (20 rounds)
6 50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns (2 forward-facing, 2 in ventral turret, 2 in dorsal turret)
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:iconpatrikov909:
Patrikov909 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
<3 this man.
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like very very much ^^
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:iconpatrikov909:
Patrikov909 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
lol me too :)
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vectorius1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
That's awesome!!! 75MM forward firing cannon from the nose FTW. Great job
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you liked ^^
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
we got a plane similar to this at the hangar at my school, though its more like the plane from Casablanca and not a military tricked version like this guy :lmao:
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ok that's awesome
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes it is ^^
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I've never seen an aircraft design that looks like this before
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only two were built
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