|FIGHTER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / USA / Berliner-Joyce|
Having a semi-monocoque stressed-skin fuselage with fabric-covered metal wings, the XFJ-1 single-seat experimental shipboard fighter featured an upper wing faired into the fuselage which was strut-braced above the lower wing. Proposed armament comprised two 7.62mm synchronised machine guns and power was provided by a 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340C Wasp nine-cylinder radial air-cooled engine. The XFJ-1 was ordered on 16 May 1929, and flown for the first time in May 1930, but evinced extremely poor landing characteristics and was damaged in a landing accident at Anacostia early in its flight programme. It was returned to the Berliner-Joyce Corporation in November 1930 for reconstruction and modification, reappearing as the XFJ-2.
W.Green, D.Swanborough "The Complete Book of Fighters", 2000