Curtiss-Wright J4 Crusader
The J4 Crusader has been on the lips of pilots for years.
Literally years. Meant to replace the J2 Fury in 1935, production
problems and delays drug on, until the J2C Nemesis, little more than a
twin-engine Fury, was introduced in 1936 as a stopgap to the J4.
J2 Fury was a light, nimble aircraft, with heavy firepower, it's few
downsides being nose-heavy, so somewhat prone to stalling, and a tail
that made bailouts somewhat difficult.
The Nemesis gave better speed to the design, with the problem of downgrading firepower.
J4, codenamed Crusader, was meant to best all of the above designs,
which it very well may, just now starting to go into production in the
very latest days of 1937. Many of the early problems the
designers had, was overstressing the Fury-sized airframe, these were
finally overcome as a total re-design brought forward a larger airframe
with some amazing qualities.
While almost three quarters of a
ton heavier, and slightly less maneuverable on paper, the long wingspan
makes the J4 an extremely nimble design. it packs more armor,
more hardpoints, while the only firepower it loses is downgrading the
.70 caliber Bruin (notoriously unreliable) to a .60 caliber.
To make up for that, Curtiss-Wright has stuck in superior weapons
all the way around on the J4.
The motor is a 1,100
horsepower Wright R-2100, which is also straight off the drawing boards
(but expensive to maintain) and easily capable of pulling the most out
of an engine while at the same time offering good fuel economy.
it has one downside is it's distinctive design: It retains the
large T-shaped tail of both of it's predecessors, making bailouts a
difficult proposal. Why the design team did not change that, is
With these good components, it is not a cheap fighter,
and a turnoff to many militia and national contracts. However it
is superior in every way to it's previous light fighters, so Curtiss
has stuck to it's guns. The J2 in both of it's forms will
likely continue on in service for some time, but the J4 will very
likely start edging it in sales as it's worth begins showing through.
a new design, there is no really known pilots using the aircraft.
However it is believed that several prototypes have and are
serving in the Chinese theater of operations, in the hands of the EVG
(Empire Volunteer Group). Reports are still coming in, and
as they are, will be reported on.
Name: J-4 Crusader
Max Speed: 302MPH
Max Acceleration: 62.FP/s
Max Decelleration: 60FP/s
Max Ceiling: 18,000
Crew: 1 Pilot.
One Browning .60 caliber heavy machine gun in the nose, paired
.40 and .50 caliber Brownings in the upper and lower wings.
Base Target Number: 6
Leading Starboard: 40
Trailing Starboard: 40
Leading Port: 40
Trailing Port: 40
Weapons: 1X.60 in GP2. 4X.40 in GP 5-6-7-8.
Difficult to Bail
About the model:
It is simply the Hughes-Consolidated Albatross with the floats
removed. I never used that model, and it looked very Fury-ish to me.