Martin XB-48: Jet Guessing Game.

Martin XB-48: Jet Guessing Game

The B-48 was one of the prototypes swept by the revolutionary Boeing B-47. Like the previous NAA B-45, the B-48 had a straight wing which shows clearly its late model piston-engined bomber heritage. All wasn’t just classic in its design though. The B-48 was equipped with six (yeah, 6!!) GE J35 jet engines placed in two big flat gondolas whose peculiar design, with big inter-engine cooling space, made them look as individual engine pods. Like in the B-47, the B-48’s thin wing made necessary the use of a bicycle undercarriage with small outriggers in the wings, a feature previously tested on a B-26 Marauder.
All in all it was quite revolutionary, but not in the crucial things. Only two of them were built.


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