The XP-46 was conceived by Don R. Berlin as a replacement of Curtiss household P-40 taking in consideration the lessons learned at the start of WW2. A dismal failure, the XP-46 was one of those rare cases when the replacement proved to be worse than the aircraft it was intended to replace. Only two prototypes were produced.
That pretty flop taking-off on a freezing day at Buffalo(?) in glorious Kodachrome. There is a distinct lack of pilot’s head protection here.
Winter has come with a vengeance.