P2Y file photo [19075]

P2Y

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerConsolidated Aircraft
Primary RoleSeaplane
Maiden Flight10 January 1929

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ww2dbaseConsolidated Aircraft built the prototype Model 9 XPY-1 in 1928 in response to a United States Navy request. In 1931, US Navy issued an order for the new prototype aircraft Model 22 Ranger XP2Y, the design which would become the P2Y-1 flying boats that would enter service by mid-1933. They were parasol monoplanes with fabric-covered wings, and their hulls were made of aluminum. In 1935, the P2Y-2 variant aircraft began entering service. In 1936, at least 21 of the P2Y-1 aircraft were modified to the P2Y-2 specification. Around the time when the United States entered WW2, all P2Y aircraft were withdrawn from front line service and were relocated to Naval Air Station Pensacola and Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Flordia, United States for training missions. About 70 P2Y aircraft of all variant designs were built and sold to the US Navy.

ww2dbaseOne P2Y-1 aircraft, redesignated P2Y-1C, was sold to Colombia in Dec 1932; this aircraft saw combat as a combat during the 1932-1933 Colombia-Peru War. Another P2Y-1 aircraft, redesignated P2Y-1J, was sold to Japan in Jan 1935; this aircraft was designated by the Japanese Navy as Consolidated Navy Experimental Type C Flying Boat and was only used in evaluation flights. Six P2Y-3 aircraft, redesignated P2Y-3A, were sold to Argentina. These 8 examples sold abroad brought the total number built to 78.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

P2Y Timeline

10 Jan 1929 P2Y aircraft took its first flight, piloted by Lieutenant A. W. Gorton out of Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington DC, United States.
26 May 1931 US Navy issued an order for Consolidated Aircraft to build the prototype aircraft Model 22 Ranger XP2Y-1.
7 Jul 1931 US Navy issued an order from Consolidated Aircraft for 23 P2Y-3 aircraft.
1 Feb 1933 US Navy squadron VP-10 based at at Norfolk, Virginia, United States received the first delivery of P2Y-1 flying boat.

SPECIFICATIONS

P2Y-3
Machinerytwo Wright R-1820-90 Cyclone radial engines rated at 750hp each
Armament1x7.62mm flexible bow M1919 Browning machine gun, 2x7.62mm flexible dorsal M1919 Browning machine guns, 910kg of bombs
Crew5
Span30.48 m
Length18.82 m
Height5.82 m
Wing Area140.65 m
Weight, Empty5,792 kg
Weight, Loaded11,460 kg
Speed, Maximum240 km/h
Speed, Cruising189 km/h
Rate of Climb3.30 m/s
Service Ceiling4,265 m
Range, Normal1,899 km

Photographs

USS Lexington underway, 1930; note P2Y or P3M aircraft flying above the carrierXP2M-1 prototype aircraft in flight, mid-1931XP2Y-1 prototype aircraft taking off, circa 1932XP2Y-1 prototype aircraft at rest at Naval Air Station Anascostia, Washington DC, United States, 17 Apr 1932
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USS Lexington underway, 1930; note P2Y or P3M aircraft flying above the carrier
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