Douglas XB-43 "Versatile II" - (scan - 1984)

In May of 1943, Douglas proposed a very clean aircraft with a relatively small crew which would require less fuel to achieve desired speed, range, bomb load. Good flying characteristics required and centerline thrust selected. Engines buried within fuselage driving twin propellers at the rear so, if an engine failed, would be no asymmetric trim problems. Douglas aiming at B-29's mission with much smaller aircraft requiring less fuel, 3-man crew, less maintenance, and one-third manhours to produce (vs. B-29).


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