The XB-41 was a single prototype that did not contribute to the war effort or to aviation development, so I won't devote a lot of time or effort to this topic, but this should whet your appetite: According to Joe Baugher's webpage on the XB-41, the "one-off XB-41 was a long-range escort version of the B-24D Liberator. It was designed to fill a similar requirement as was the Boeing YB-40, namely, to provide escort for bombers penetrating German airspace." For more data on this aircraft, see the following two links.
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 XB-41 Liberator
Type: Bomber escort prototype Crew: 9 Armament: fourteen .50 cal machine guns Specifications: Length: 66' 4" (20.22 m) Height: 17' 11" (5.46 m) Wingspan: 110' (33.53 m) Gross Weight: 63000.0 lb (max) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43 Twin Wasp radial Horsepower: 1250 hp each Performance: Range: 3100 miles Cruise Speed: 200 mph Max Speed: 289 mph at 25,000 ft. Ceiling: 28500 ft
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