DAVID J. GAUTHIER MEMORIAL COLLECTION
No. 10728. Berliner-Joyce XF3J-1 (9224) US Navy
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Berliner-Joyce XF3J-1

07/31/2011. Designed by the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, turned over to the Berliner-Joyce Corporation for development and construction and ordered on 30 June 1932, the XF3J-1 experimental single-seat shipboard fighter was first flown on January 23, 1934.

Of all-metal construction with a semi-monocoque fuselage and fabric-covered wings, the XF3J-1 was powered by a 625 hp Wright XR-1510-26 two-row fourteen-cylinder air-cooled radial and carried an armament of two 0.30 in (7.62 mm) synchronized machineguns. Provision was made for two 116 lb (52.6 kg) bombs beneath the wings.

Although offering a good performance, the XF3J-1 was surpassed by the Grumman XF2F-1, and no further development was undertaken. The XF3J-1 was the last of the Berliner-Joyce fighters.

Created July 31, 2011