Consolidated XP-81


  Base model:P-81
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit

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Known serial numbers
44-91000 / 44-91001


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 Aaron Robinson
 Wilmington, NC
11/26/2005 @ 17:09 [ref: 11806]
 Aaron Robinson
 Wilmington, NC
At the bottom of this page you can see that one of the XP-81 prototypes has been scrapped. I think this aircraft was found on the Edwards bombing range. When I ask my parents to go there and they say yes then I can invite my friends to go there with my family.
11/26/2005 @ 17:06 [ref: 11805]
 Aaron Robinson
 Wilmington, NC
The XP-81 was built and test flown during WWII but was not used in combat at the time. It did not enter production during the war, and eventually it would have replaced all other fighters in the European and Pacific theatres.
11/26/2005 @ 16:58 [ref: 11804]
 jeff wilson
 Albany, GA
I was employed at Edwards AFB as an Electronics Tech assigned to the Range Sq. I used to "cruise" the photo resolution road quite often. I know there where parts removed from 44-91001 as the range was open to anyone with a 4 wheel drive. I also have an original photo of 44-91001 when it was at Edwards.
06/30/2004 @ 19:21 [ref: 7725]
 C. Carey
 Sacramento, CA
The very early ejection seat design installed by Convair in its XP-81 aiframes was noteworthy as a subject of study for better understanding of the 'art' of egress systems in the early to late 40s period. When the two surviving XP-81 airframes were stripped and placed on the Edwards Photographic/Test Range (where they languished for several decades before eventually being retrieved by the USAF Museum for future restoration), the ejection seat from one of them was saved for installation in the Convair XF-92A delta winged research aircraft. The XF-92A itself was ultimately also retrieved and placed in storage at USAFM for restoration. Unfortunately, no one outside the USAF Museum presently knows whether the XP-81's ejection seat is still installed in the XF-92A airframe. Martin Keenan apparently has this information. As we consulted with USAFM's Dave Menard, prior to his retirement from USAFM's Research Division, we would appreciate any information on this question from Keenan or any others who may have information on the current whereabouts of this particular ejection seat specimen. We may be reached via email at aeolusaero@lanset.com (C. Carey). Thank you.
05/02/2001 @ 11:16 [ref: 2202]


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