The Consolidated XB-46 was designed to meet an Army Air Force request for a jet bomber made in Spring of 1944. Three other bomber development projects (the North American XB-45, 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.
For more data on this aircraft, click
here for Joe Baugher's
USAF archives on this aircraft, click here.
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)
Consolidated (Convair) XB-46
Type: jet bomber Crew: three Armament: two .50 cal machine guns in tail up to 22,000 lbs. of bombs
Specifications: Length: 105' 9" Height: 27' 11" Wing span: 113' 0" Wing area: 235 sq. ft (21.80 sq. m) Weight: 95,600 lbs. (maximum takeoff weight) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Allison J35-A-3 axial flow turbojets Horsepower: 4,000 lbs. thrust each Performance: Range: 2,870 miles with 8,000 lbs. of bombs Cruise Speed: 439 mph Max Speed: 545 mph at 15,000 feet Ceiling: 43,000 ft
(go to Consolidated page)
If this page does not have a navigational frame on the left, click HERE to see the rest of the website.