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United States' Vultee A-19 ground attack

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  • Vultee XA-19A
  • Vultee XA-19A
  • Vultee YA-19
  • Vultee YA-19
  • Vultee XA-19A
    The 17th Attack Group at March Field, California on September 12, 1939. National Museum of United States Air Force.
  • Vultee XA-19A
    National Museum of United States Air Force.
  • Vultee YA-19
    National Museum of United States Air Force.
  • Vultee YA-19
    National Museum of United States Air Force.

 

Design

The Vultee A-19 was based on the V-1 transport of 1934.1

Prototype

The prototype first flew in September 1935.1

Production

Foreign countries had ordered 100.1

The United States Army placed an order for seven YA-19s in June 1938.1

  • YA-19: 71
    • Production: 1938 - mid 19391
  • Manufacturer: Vultee Aircraft Corp at Los Angeles, California1

Variants

  • YA-19: Had Cyclone engines.1
  • A-19: Had Twin Wasp engines.1
  • XA-19A: Used as a test bed for the Lycoming O-2130 engine (1,200 HP).1
  • XA-19B: Used a a test bed for the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 (1,800 HP).1

Usage

Five of the YA-19s were used as liaison aircraft by the military liaisons in Central America.1

  Vultee A-19
Type Ground attack1
Crew 21
Engine (Type) 1: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 Twin Wasp1
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
Propeller blades 3 variable pitch1
Weight  
Empty 6,452 lb1
Loaded 10,421 lb1
Performance  
Speed @ 6,500' 230 mph1
Service ceiling 28,000'1
Range 1,100 miles1
Armament  
Wings 4: .30 MG1
Cockpit rear 2: .30 MG1
Bombs 1,000 lb1

Sources:

  1. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site