The North American XB-45 "Tornado" was designed to meet an Army Air Force request for a jet bomber made in Spring of 1944. Three other bomber development projects (the Consolidated XB-46, the Boeing XB-47, and the Martin XB-48) were also initiated to meet this AAF request, but none of them were developed in time to serve during WWII. For more history on this aircraft, see the links below.
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(updated February 2009)
North American XB-45 Tornado
Type: jet bomber Crew: 1, Pilot Armament: two .50 cal machine guns in tail up to 8000 lbs of bombs, or one 22,000 bomb Specifications: Length: 74' 0" Height: 25' 2" Wing span: 89' 6" Wing area: 235 sq. ft (21.80 sq. m) Weight: 66,820 lbs. (gross weight) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Allison J35-A-11 turbojets Horsepower: 4,000 lbs. thrust each Performance: Range: 2920 miles Cruise Speed: 419 mph Max Speed: 500 mph Ceiling: 38,500 ft
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