11/30/2011. Essentially a navalized P-16, the XF2J-1 two-seat shipboard fighter prototype was ordered by the USN on June 30, 1931, but did not fly until two years later. Originally designed for a single-row Pratt & Whitney
R-1690C Hornet radial, the XF2J-1 was completed with the experimental two-row fourteen-cylinder Wright R-1510-92 rated at 625 hp at 6,000 ft (1,830 m). As initially flown, the XF2J-1 had tandem open cockpits, but at an early stage in the test program sliding canopies were fitted. Inadequate visibility for deck landing and inability to compete with the Grumman XFF-1 motivated against the further development of this type.