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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Consolidated P-30
Consolidated P-30 (PB-2) in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The P-30 was the first production aircraft ordered by the Army Air Corps with retractable landing gear, an enclosed and heated cockpit (for the pilot), and an exhaust driven turbo-supercharger.

After the loss of the Y1P-25 (S/N 32-321), the Army ordered four improved examples and designated the aircraft P-30 (S/N 33-204 to 33-207). These aircraft were used for evaluation. The gunner in the rear cockpit was prone to black-out during sharp turns or dive recovery, but the Army was sufficiently pleased with the aircraft to place a production order for 50 aircraft on Dec. 6, 1934.

The production aircraft (S/N 35-1 through 50) were initially designated P-30As but were later reclassified as PB-2As (Pursuit Biplace). The retractable landing gear was manually operated by the pilot through a hand crank located in the cockpit. The fixed-pitch propeller of the P-30 was replaced with a Curtiss Electric constant-speed propeller in the P-30A. 

Type Number built/
P-30 4 Improved Y1P-25; became PB-2
P-30A 50 Improved P-30; became PB-2A

Armament: Two .30-cal. machine guns firing through the propeller, one .30-cal. gun aft
Engine: Curtiss V-1570-61 with G.E. form F-3 supercharger of 700 hp at 15,000 ft.
Maximum speed: 274.5 mph at 25,000 ft. and 255.5 mph at 15,000 ft.
Cruising speed: 215 mph
Service ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Weight: 4,306 lbs. empty/5,643 lbs. (maximum)
Span: 43 ft. 11 in.
Length: 30 ft. 0 in.
Height: 8 ft. 3 in.

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