The Martin XB-48 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 Consolidated XB-46, and the Boeing XB-47) 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)
Type: jet bomber Crew: three Armament: two .50 cal machine guns in tail up to 22,000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 85' 9" Height: 26' 6" Wingspan: 108' 4" Gross Weight: 58500 lb empty, 92600 max Propulsion: No. of Engines: 6 Powerplant: General Electric J35-GE-7 axial-flow turbojets Horsepower: 3820 lb.s.t. each Performance: Range: 500 miles with max bombload Cruise Speed: 415 mph Max Speed: 516 mph at 20,000 feet Ceiling: 39400 ft
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