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Nah, not waiting, just hit it early and it was on a subject I have some knowledge of and references to refresh memory handy.

The pictures are both Curtiss aircraft, the radial powered bird with contra-props being the XP-60C-Curtiss Electric Cotraprop, R-2800 power); the bird with in-line power looks to be an XP-60 or XP-60D. I'll have to dig a little more and see if i can figure out which.

Neither was successful. They were intended to replace the P-40 (essentially a re-engined P-36/Hawk 75 and pretty elderly, dating to the mid-30s) in production, and they didn't.

Edit - after comparing the photos in Jones and the one posted, I think the picture on the right is an XP-60 with an Allison V-1710. Shape of tail and nose contour plus lack of radio mast fits that better than the XP-60D which was Merlin powered and had a larger tail.
 

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Clyde WINS!!!!! The last replacement for the aging P-40 Warhawk, a plane that was obsolete at the start of the war, and served in combat till the end of the war!! The cleaned up lines of the XP-60D, along with the Merlin engine created a 450mph Warhawk! Unfortunetly we already had the P-51, and there wern't enough merlins to build both aircraft.

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Diffrence from normal?

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Plus the capability to carry an additional FFAR "Mighty Mouse" air-to-air rockets in the pods on the wings.

A warm fuzzy to anybody who knows what its original designation was.
 

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Appears to be an F-94C. Can't tell what isn't "normal" for this aircraft. Are you referring to the fact that it was rocket vice gun armed?
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F-97A. Really should refresh the page after I've looked something up
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Axtually - i show YF-97A with 108 ordered as F-97A, but redesignated as F-94C before any were much more than order nuimbers. First, I think, "no gun" fighter/iterceptor in USAF.
 

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Right on the money...They were ordered as F-97A, but before production began designation was changed to F-94C... I'm kind of partial to the F-89 myself.

The F-86D "Sabre Dog" (F-95) was the first All AAM equiped/no gun interceptor.
 

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Romanian IAR 80?
 

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It is a F-94, designated as a -2 TRAINER! Longer cockpit for a PI. Only 20-30 built. Non known to survive.
Not sure I understand. That particular aircraft (SN 50-1006) is on display at the Peterson AFB museum outside of Colorado Springs. They think its an F-94C. Also, it has clearly survived.
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It is a F-94, designated as a -2 TRAINER! Longer cockpit for a PI. Only 20-30 built. Non known to survive.

Again:

What plane?
Successfull?

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Curtiss CW-21 Demon. Not successful. I think a few may have been sold to the ChiNats, who'd apparently buy anything.
 

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Could be - I think the Dutch may have bought some too. They would also buy what they could get in lieu of things they would have preferred but which were unavailable. As shown by their purchase of Brewster B-339s (export F2A Buffalos) and Johnson rifles.
 

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Clyde WINS!!!! Sold to the Nat. Chinese and the Dutch. There are some reports that it performed well.

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What plane?
Success?
Bonus point. Was built from what airframe?

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Bell X-5 built on Messerschmitt P.1101 airframe. Unsuccessful, swing wing design, the wing movement could cause an unrecoverable spin. Killed one test pilot before being cancelled.
 
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