DAN SHUMAKER COLLECTION
No. 12439. Loening PA-1 (64248) US Army Air Service
Airphoto No. 1899 and Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 2366

Loening PA-1

06/30/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Continuing prejudice against the monoplane configuration and the disappointing results achieved with the PW-2 led the Loening Engineering Corporation to develop a single-seat fighter biplane in the hope of attracting an order from the USAAS.

The PA-1 ("Pursuit, Air-cooled" designation used only this one time) was a single-bay equi-span staggered biplane, the wings employing an unusually thick aerofoil and the center section of the upper wing being thickened to accommodate the fuel tank. Armament comprised two 0.30 in (7.62 mm) Vickers machineguns and power was provided by a Wright R-1 (R-1454) nine-cylinder radial rated at 350 hp.

A contract was placed for two prototype PA-1s (serials 64248, 64249), however, the second was cancelled, while 64248 went to McCook Field under the Project Number P-244.

Created June 30, 2014