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X-19 [C-143]

The Curtiss-Wright X-19 began as a commercial venture to develop a small, 4-passenger, executive VTOL aircraft, designated the M-200. The American armed forces were interested in the design for reconnaissance, transport and tactical support applications. The four unshrouded propellers were powered by two turbines and rotated 90 at the tips of two thin wings with a 6m span. The X-19's performance in the airplane mode was disappointing. Despite a maximum cruise speed of 650km/h, its payload capacity was less than 550kg. The first prototype was damaged on its second flight on 20 November 1963. Flight testing resumed on June 26, 1964, and on 25 August 1965 The aircraft crashed into a nearby swampy area and was totally destroyed. The second aircraft was never flown.

The designation C-143 had been allocated had the X-19 entered service. Instead, the C-143 became the single Challenger 604 aircraft which was acquired by the Coast Guard in December 2005 as its new Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft (MRC2A).

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