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No. 13067. General Aviation XFA-1 (A-8732) US Navy
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 690

General Aviation XFA-1

01/31/2017. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "On May 10, 1930, the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics issued specification Design 96 for a single-seat lightweight shipboard fighter requirement. In competition with the Berliner-Joyce XFJ-1 and Curtiss XF9C-1, the Fokker Aircraft Corporation at Teterboro, New Jersey, USA, was ordered to built the XFA-1. Design commenced shortly before Fokker Aircraft Company became The General Aviation Manufacturing Corporation and this reorganization delayed the design and construction.

The XFA-1 was a single-bay staggered biplane with the upper wing gulled into the fuselage. It employed all-metal construction with fabric skinning for wing and tail surfaces and featured faired gear struts. It was powered by a 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-985C Wasp Junior engine and proposed armament being two fuselage-mounted 0.3 in (7.62 mm) machineguns.

The XFA-1 was finally delivered for testing to the USN in March 1932, but it was not notably successful during Navy trials and further development was discontinued. The Berliner-Joyce XFJ-1 and Curtiss XF9C-1 also proved unacceptable for carrier operations, although a redesigned version of the Curtiss type was ordered as an airship-based fighter/scout.

Created January 31, 2017