Sep 232014
 
Douglas Model 1186-C 1/72 Scale Resin Kit by Sharkit

Several months ago Renaud Mangallon of Sharkit was kind enough to send me a complimentary 1/72 scale resin kit of the Douglas Model 1186-C, which is based on the drawings and information found in my book, Secret Aerospace Projects of the U.S. Navy: The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States, 1948-1949. The cover art […]

May 052012
 
Convair Generalized Supersonic Bomber (GEBO) II Studies (1951)

The Forth Worth Division of Consolidated Vultee (Convair) Aircraft Corporation initiated conceptual studies of a supersonic bomber for the USAAF in October 1946 under the Generalized Supersonic Bomber (GEBO) program. This was followed by GEBO II in March 1949, under which Convair further refined the concept. This article presents excerpts from Convair Report Nos. 3 […]

Mar 132012
 
Douglas El Segundo Project 9 Tailless Bomber—Wind Tunnel Tests (1938)

The Douglas El Segundo Division Project 9 was a study for a twin engine tailless bomber dating from 1938. It was likely designed (or heavily influenced) by Jack Northrop, who would leave Douglas the following year to form his own independent company. The report presented in the gallery above describes the results of wind tunnel […]

Jan 032012
 
Armstrong Whitworth AW.56 Jet V Bomber Proposal (1947)

The gallery above reproduces an Intelligence Report from the U.S. Military Attache, London dated December 12, 1947 which was found in the files of the U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff, Development, Director of Research and Development, Aircraft Division, Airplane Branch, RG 341 at National Archives II in College Park, Maryland. The report describes the […]

Sep 272011
 
Boeing XB-44 Superfortress

The photos in the gallery above depict the Boeing/Pratt & Whitney XB-44 Superfortress, a B-29A-5-BN (s/n 42-93845) upgraded with Pratt & Whitney R-4360-33 Wasp Major radial engines of 3,000 hp each. These replaced the Wright R-3350 production engines rated at 2,200 hp each. The XB-44 program was initiated in mid-1943, when Pratt & Whitney proposed […]

Jul 262011
 
Boeing B-54A Mock-up Inspection (1948)

The Boeing B-54A was the planned production version of the YB-50C and the final development of the B-29 Superfortress. It was powered by improved R-4360 Variable Discharge Turbine (VDT) radial engines. Wing span was increased by approximately 20 feet, necessitating additional outrigger landing gear in the outer engine nacelles. The larger wing imposed heavier loads […]

Apr 212011
 
Douglas Model 1209 High Speed Composite Bomber

The Douglas Model 1209 High Speed Composite Bomber study was drawn up on approximately 9/10/50 and finalized the following month; the exact dates are not entirely certain, as the original blueprint shown above was scanned from microfilm and the smaller notes and figures are difficult to read. Documentation on this study is lacking and we […]