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Seversky P-35 in Detail
n by Martin Waligorski

The P-35, one of the forerunners of the famous Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, was the first single-seat, all-metal pursuit plane with retractable landing gear and enclosed cockpit to go into regular service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. The first batch produced under designation P-35, counting over 70 aircraft served mostly with the USAAC 1st Pursuit Group in Selfridge Field, Michigan. During 1939 Seversky paid a visit to Sweden, demonstrating it's fighter to the Swedish officials. This was the time of great unease in Europe and Sweden purchased directly 120 aircraft. This version, improved over the original P-35, received a factory designation EP-1. The first batch of 60 was delivered to Sweden during 1940, in complicated way through Finland and northern Lapland, and was designated J 9 by the Swedish Air Force. The second order for 60 became a subject of U.S. arms export embargo. Produced by Seversky to the Swedish specification and taken over by the U.S.Army the aircraft was designated P-35A. Most were assigned to the 17th and 20th Pursuit Squadrons in the Philippines; all were lost in action early in the war, hopelessly outclassed by Japanese fighters.Most of the P-35As were quickly shot down in combat or else were destroyed on the ground. By December 12, 1941 there were only eight airworthy P-35As left in these squadrons. In Sweden, J 9s soldiered on in second-line duties until 1951. One of the aircraft has been carefully preserved in Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) museum in Linköping - a place well worth a visit for an aviation enthusiast.

Seversky EP-1 (P-35 A)

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Although outclassed by more modern German and British designs of the period.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail General view of the Seversky's stubby fighter in the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping. and wing cannon with a distinctively deep blister underneath. www. Photo: Martin Waligorski The aircraft is in pristine condition and looks very impressive in it's natural metal finish. stressed-skin construction and enclosed cockpit. protected with a red cloth.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35. details of note in this view is a pitot tube.ipmsstockholm.htm 2/10 . the aircraft was the first modern fighter type in service with the Swedish Air Force. with it's retractable undercarriage.

6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail Photo: Martin Waligorski Let's get into detail: This view offers a great deal of engine cowling and propeller detail.look at this sheen!). which have been carefully painted matt black. www. The propeller blades are left in natural metal (and polished .org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35.htm 3/10 . except for their rear surfaces.ipmsstockholm. Other thing of note ins the cannon barrel in a neat fairing on top of the engine.

The propeller spinner is held in place by the circular ring shown here.ipmsstockholm.htm 4/10 . Photo: Martin Waligorski The engine's exhausts were collected into two neatly curved stacks protruding from below of the www. with crankcase painted light grey. partially visible in this view.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail The cowling houses a Pratt & Whitney R-1830-9 Twin Wasp two-row radial engine.

ipmsstockholm. Overall.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail cowling. shown here.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35. Photo: Martin Waligorski Seversky's attention to detail is once again emphasised by the elegantly simple construction of main undercarriage .htm 5/10 . the excellent workmanship and attention to detail by aircraft's designers are very apparent and distinguish it from many other types of the period. as shown here. Photo: Martin Waligorski Heavier armament was added to EP-1 in comparison to the original P-35. including the wing cannon installation.look how incredibly tight the tire is enclosed by the metal fairing! www. Between them there is a carburettor intake.

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6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail The wheel wells are almost non-existent. the pioneering technique was a bit ahead of it's time .ipmsstockholm. Of note is large amount of petrol stains apparent around the vents on the wing's underside. causing a lot of trouble to ground crews. This was a common occurrence on P-35 aircraft in service.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35. forming a large fuel tank by itself and thus giving this innovative fighter an extra range. Photo: Martin Waligorski www. as the wheels were not fully retractable.. However. as the wing was constructed as "wet"..htm 7/10 .many of the P-35s developed fuel leaks.

org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail The port fuselage side and wing root can be seen here.ipmsstockholm. The wing walk area is marked in matt black color. Note how the rivets can be clearly seen with natural metal finish.htm 8/10 . Photo: Martin Waligorski www.

In contrast.ipmsstockholm. Swedish P-35s were adopted for the photo-reconnaissance role. the canopy fairing on top of it is quite narrow.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35. which makes it look very wide indeed. the hatch providing room for an oblique camera.htm 9/10 . Photo: Martin Waligorski www. Other interesting feature is a hatch with a window on the fuselage's starboard side. Photo: Martin Waligorski These two views show cockpit canopy to advantage.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail The fuselage is of circular cross-section.

The tail wheel is fully retractable.ipmsstockholm.6/21/13 Seversky P-35 in detail The tail's shape is typical for Seversky's earlier designs. Photo: Martin Waligorski n This page: "Seversky P-35 in detail" Has been last updated: 2006-09-22 The URL of the page is: http://www. HTML and program code are © Copyright 1997-2006 Martin Waligorski. Used by permission.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35. figures.org/magazine/1998/04/stuff_eng_detail_p35.ipmsstockholm. The layout and graphics of this site. www. All material within this site is protected under copyright. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use: This site is an interactive community of enthusiasts interested in the art of scale modelling of aircraft. and may only be reproduced for personal use. armor.htm 10/10 . another proof that the aircraft's constructors thought of everything.not the difference in shade between the rudder and natural metal surface of the fin. spacecraft and similar subjetcs. You must contact the Author(s) and/or Editor for permission to use any material on this site for any purpose other than private use. The rudder and elevators are fabriccovered and then painted silver .htm Downloaded at: 2013-06-21 09:11 © Copyright 1997-2006 by IPMS Stockholm and the Community Members.

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