Convair XP6Y

The Convair P6Y was an unbuilt aircraft designed by Convair in the 1950s. The design was initiated to meet a requirement of the United States Navy (USN) for an anti-submarine warfare seaplane.[1]

Convair P6Y
Role ASW flying boat
Manufacturer Convair
Primary user U.S. Navy
Number built 0


The design was for a flying boat that would make use of boundary layer control to achieve slow speed flight.[1] It was intended that this would enable the aircraft to land on the open ocean in rough seas and deploy a dipping sonar.[1] Other visual features of the design were an extremely large swept vertical fin that, combined with the dorsal fin and rudder, would have been about half the total length of the aircraft, and a thimble nose radome.[2]

Two prototypes were ordered under the USN designation XP6Y-1 with the BuNos. (Navy serial numbers) 147206 and 147207.[3] The design had competition from the Martin P7M SubMaster,[4] but the USN's preference was for the P6Y. Both types suffered from budget constraints and neither was built (although a mock-up of the P7M was constructed);[1] the USN cancelled the contract for the two prototype XP6Y-1s[5] and later opted for the land-based P-3 Orion instead.[1]

Specifications (projected)

General characteristics

  • Length: 121 ft (37 m)
  • Wingspan: 127 ft 6 in (38.86 m)
  • Height: 39 ft (12 m)
  • Wing area: 2,500 sq ft (230 m2)
  • Empty weight: 60,789 lb (27,573 kg)
  • Gross weight: 94,360 lb (42,801 kg)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Wright R-3350-32 radial piston engines, 3,700 hp (2,800 kW) each
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric YJ85-GE-1 turbojets, 2,100 lbf (9.3 kN) thrust each in rear of centre nacelle


  • Maximum speed: 400 mph (650 km/h, 350 kn)
  • Range: 1,400 mi (2,200 km, 1,200 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 25,300 ft (7,700 m) service ceiling

Missiles, bombs, and depth charges on external hardpoints

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d e P6Y web page at retrieved 2007-11-15.
  2. ^ Convair P6Y design drawing retrieved 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2007-11-15.
  4. ^ P7M web page at retrieved 2007-11-15.
  5. ^ US Navy aircraft Bureau Number list, third series Archived 2000-02-29 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2007-11-15.

Convair, previously Consolidated Vultee, was an American aircraft manufacturing company that later expanded into rockets and spacecraft. The company was formed in 1943 by the merger of Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft. In 1953 it was purchased by General Dynamics, and operated as their Convair Division for most of its corporate history.

Convair is best known for its military aircraft; it produced aircraft such as the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the F-102 Delta Dagger, the F-106 Delta Dart, and the B-58 Hustler bombers. It also manufactured the first Atlas rockets, including the rockets that were used for the manned orbital flights of Project Mercury. The company's subsequent Atlas-Centaur design continued this success and derivatives of the design remain in use as of 2019.

The company also entered the jet airliner business with its Convair 880 and Convair 990 designs. These were smaller than contemporary aircraft like the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8, but somewhat faster than either. This combination of features failed to find a profitable niche and the company exited the airliner design business. However, the manufacturing capability built up for these projects proved very profitable and the company became a major subcontractor for airliner fuselages.

In 1994 most of the company's divisions were sold by General Dynamics to McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed, with the remaining components deactivated in 1996.

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