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Role Advanced trainer
National origin United States
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company
Status Not built

The Douglas XT-30 was a proposed American military advanced trainer. It was never built.

Design and development

Intended to replace the North American T-6 Texan, the XT-30 was designed in 1948 for a United States Air Force competition. The design had an 800 hp (600 kW) Wright R-1300 radial mounted amidships behind the cockpit (in the fashion of the P-39),[1] in a rather squared-off fuselage.[2] The R-1300 drove a three-bladed propeller by way of an extension shaft (driveshaft).[3] The XT-30 design seated pilot and pupil in tandem, under a framed greenhouse canopy[4] and had a straight low wing.[5]

Competing against the North American T-28 Trojan, the more complex XT-30 was not selected for production and none were built.[6]

Specifications (projected)

Data from Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. London : Putnam, 1979.

General characteristics

  • Crew: two (student and instructor)
  • Length: 36 ft 9½ in (11.214 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 4 in (11.07 m)
  • Height: ()
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,999 lb (2,721 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1300 radial engine, 800 hp (600 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 286 mph (460 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 190 mph (306 km/h)
  • Range: 6½ hours at 190 mph (306 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 29,600 ft (9,020 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min (m/s)
  • Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: hp/lb (kW/kg)

See also


  1. Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920 (Putnam, 1979), p.714.
  2. Francillon, diagram p.714.
  3. Francillon, p.714.
  4. Francillon diagram p.714.
  5. Francillon, diagram p.715.
  6. Francillon, p.714.
  • Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. London : Putnam, 1979.

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