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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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:iconkirovrampager:
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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:iconvectorius1:
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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:iconcommander-fillmore:
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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:iconcommander-fillmore:
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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:iconcommander-fillmore:
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Oh makes sense
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:iconunknownjester:
UnknownJester Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
very interesting, he loops pretty cool.
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:icona-delicate-robot-pal:
A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Now THAT'S a mean nose.....
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
75mm anti tank
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:icona-delicate-robot-pal:
A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
*lick lick* XD
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and the best part is he is a shy one
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:icona-delicate-robot-pal:
A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I know what to do for him~<3
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh do you?
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:icona-delicate-robot-pal:
A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
His tail needs some "tuning", and nose should be "lubed"~<3
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
silly goose ^^
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AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That cannon looks and seems so out of place. So the cannon was practical, even if the aiming system would have had to been altered completely?
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was by far more practical than the 75mm armed b-25H all you had to do was aim the plane like you would to fire the machine guns and fire that and it had a semi auto fireing system.
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:iconairborneleaf:
AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A semi auto 75mm cannon. Why did they not put them in tanks? Though I suppose the mechanism can't exactly be small.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it definatly was not small to say the least it was a 12 round clip magazine
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:iconder-buchstabe-r:
Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do not know which would be a better aircraft: this or the B-25H.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most liekly this one as it has better speed and height
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:iconder-buchstabe-r:
Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one seems kinda fragile though, not to mention somewhat off balanced thanks to the barrel of the 75mm.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perhaps but the testing made that irrelevant the plane exceed all expectations in flying colors.
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:iconder-buchstabe-r:
Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, seems fair.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only thing that prevented production was the engines were needed for b-29s that and the invasion of japan was cancelled
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I know. I remember the old description you gave this beaut when you first drew it and kinda knew it wasn't successfully produced when I looked at what kind of engine it had.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still one still exists in storage
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:iconcorporaldeath49:
CorporalDeath49 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is that the 75mm on his nose
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes yes it is
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:iconcorporaldeath49:
CorporalDeath49 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so it sneezes lead at people
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:iconlancetheb1:
LancetheB1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done and you certainly know your history. Wish I could draw like this.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its alot of practice
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