Air Pictorial 1958-01
??? - The Curtiss XP-55 Ascender /Little-known Aircraft/
The Ascender prototype serialled 278847.
This hitherto unpublished photograph of the Curtiss-Wright CW-24B aerodynamic test-plane for the Ascender was taken at the Test Centre at Muroc Dry Lake (now Edwards AFB) before 1941. Note the old-style American insignia and the fuselage fins. The CW-24B was powered by a Ranger V-770, twelve-cylinder in-line engine of 520 h.p. driving a pusher airscrew.