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.
Span: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Length: 22 ft 2 in (6.75 m)
Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
Wing area: 175 sq.ft (16.26 sq.m)
Empty weight: 1,837 lb (833 kg)
Loaded weight: 2,508 lb (1,138 kg)
Max speed: 170 mph (273 kmh)
Landing speed: 64 mph (103 kmh)
Climb: to 5,000 ft (1,525 m) 3 min 24 sec
Range: 375 mls (603 km)