Type: US fighter plane.
This aircraft was the inspiration for the 1938 Italian Reggiane Re2000, which was designed by Roberto Longhi. Like the Italian aircraft, however, the Seversky P-35 was not as popular as it might have been and both the Seversky and the Reggiane ended up going for export. Sweden bought both Re 2000s and P-35s, 60 of the former and 120 of the latter.
The small Seversky fighter was designed in 1936 by Alexander Kartveli, the father of the P-47 Thunderbolt.
Only 77 of the original model were built and these were powered by Pratt & Whitney 950 hp engines. The export model, the EP-106, was built for the Swedish Air Force, but, because of the American embargo on arms exports, only 60 of the 120 ordered were delivered.
The remaining 60 aircraft, redesignated P-35 A, were used by the Americans for operational purposes in the Philippines in late 1941.
Pictures of Seversky P-35
Specifications for Seversky P-35
|Power plant||one 1,050 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-45 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial air-cooled engine|
|Wing span||36 ft|
|Length overall||26 ft 10 in|
|Height overall||9 ft 9 in|
|Weight empty||4,575 lb|
|Maximum weight||6,118 lb|
|Maximum speed||290 mph|
|Service ceiling||31,400 ft|
|in front||Two .30cal machine guns (1,350 rpm; velocity 2,600 f/s), two 0.50in machine guns (800 rpm, velocity 2,810 f/s)|
|External load||300 lb of bombs|
|Production delivery P-35A||early 1940|
|Production figures||77 P-35, 120 P-35A - total: 197 (of the latter 60 exported to Sweden)|