POWER PLANT: Two General Electric J35-GE-3 turbojet engines, rated at 1,835 kp each
PERFORMANCE: 507 mph
COMMENT: USAAF leaders in the Air Material Command began to consider the possibilities of jet-propelled bombers as far back as October 1943. At that time, Douglas Aircraft was just beginning to design a promising twin-engine bomber designated the XB-42 Mixmaster. Reciprocating engines powered this aircraft but they were buried in the fuselage, leaving the laminar flow-airfoil wing clean of any drag-inducing pylon mounts or engine cowlings. The airframe appeared ideally suited to test turbojet propulsion. Douglas confirmed the feasibility of the concept and the USAAF amended the XB-42 contract in March 1944 to include the development of two turbojet-powered XB-43 prototypes, reduced from an initial order of 13 test aircraft. The Douglas design team convinced the Army that modifying the XB-42 static test airframe into the first XB-43 was a relatively straightforward process that would save time and money compared to developing a brand new design. Douglas replaced the two Allison V-1710 engines with a pair of General Electric J35 turbojets, then cut two air intakes into each side of the fuselage, aft of the pressurized cockpit. Removing the propellers and drive shafts freed enough space for two long jet exhaust ducts. Without any propellers present, there was no chance of striking the blade tips on the runway, so the entire ventral fin/rudder unit of the earlier XB-42’s full four-surface cruciform tail was omitted. Douglas compensated for the loss of yaw stability by enlarging the dorsal fin/rudder unit. The end of World War II caused a general slowdown within the aviation industry and General Electric was late delivering the engines. So America’s first turbojet bomber finally flew for the first time on 17 May 1946. Douglas Aircraft was keen to mass-produce the new bomber and the USAAF considered ordering 50, but these plans never became realized. The USAAF was already moving ahead with a new bomber, the North American XB-45 Tornado, designed from the outset for turbojet power and promising a quantum leap in every category of performance (Ref.: 24).
Kurzbeschreibung: Diese Bildergalerie beinhaltet Flugmodelle aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg im Maßstab 1:72 als Spritzguss, Resin- und Vacu-formed Bausätze sowie selbst angefertigte Umbauten (Conversions) .
Liebe Besucherin, lieber Besucher,
Sie finden hier Fotos von Flugzeugmodellen aus dem II. Weltkrieg im Maßstab 1:72, Flugzeuge also der United States Army Air Force (USAAF), der United States Navy (US Navy) der Royal Air Force (RAF), der Royal Navy (RN), der Imperial Army Air Force (IAAF), der Imperial Navy Air Force (IANF, beide Japan), der Deutschen Luftwaffe (GAF), den Marinefliegern und der Luftwaffe der Sovietunion. Innerhalb der jeweiligen Luftstreitkräfte können Sie wieder auswählen können zwischen Jägern, Jagdbombern, Bombern , Trainern usw, aber auch Projekten, die nie geflogen sind, sowie Nachkriegsentwicklungen, deren Anfänge in die Zeit des WW II zurückreichen.
Ich habe diese Modelle aus reiner Freude für mich selbst gebaut, nicht etwa, um sie irgend jemandem zu zeigen oder gar auf einer Ausstellung vorzuführen.
Im Laufe von vier Jahrzehnten sind dabei mehr als 1.500 Modelle fertig gestellt worden und viele harren noch – teils schon seit Jahren – des Baues, der endgültigen Vollendung oder nur des letzten Finish.
Die Verfügbarkeit des Internets und der Digitaltechnik hat mich nun aber doch verleitet, meine Modelle einem größeren Kreis sichtbar zu machen, was ich hiermit anbiete.
Brief description: This picture gallery contains aircraft models of World War II on a scale 1:72 as injection moulded, resin- and vacu- formed kits as well as home-made conversions.
Here, you will find photos of aircraft models of World War II on a scale 1:72. e.g. those of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), the United States Navy (USN), the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Navy (RN) , the Japanese Imperial Air Army Force (IAAF), the Japanese Imperial Navy Air Force (INAF), the German Air Force (Luftwaffe, GAF) and the Air Force of the Soviet Union. Within these branches of the services you can select between fighters, fighter-bombers, bombers, trainers etc. Also you can select projects, designed on the drawing board as well as post-war developments, whose origin dated back into the time of WW II.
Important notice: Among the aircraft models shown here there are many aircraft from the former German Air Force (Deutsche Luftwaffe). They all show the swastika as a national symbol of that time. I would like to point out that this is not a political statement, but rather a source of historical information on the types of aircraft flown by the German Luftwaffe before and during the Second World War. It is to be taken as a reference for all aviation enthusiasts, and not taken as an expression of any sympathy for the Nazi regime or any Neo-Nazi or Right wing hate Groups.
I have built all these models just for fun and never, it has been my intention to show them anybody or to present them at a show. Over the years more then 1.500 models have emerged, and many more kits have not been completed yet, or are still waiting for the finish or the last little detail.