Airborne Awesomosity

Shaken and Stirred The Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster

 

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster

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Using lessons learned during the war you find that there were many aircraft that advanced the art but failed to see production. This time we will look at variants of the same airframe with piston power, piston with additional jets, and pure jet power.

 

 

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Airborne Awesomosity

The Boeing XB-38 Watercooled Fortress

Note The Radiator Between the Engines

[image National Air Force Museum]

Towards the end of the war several unusual prototypes made their way off the drafting board.  This modification was yet another example of an aircraft answering a need that didn’t actually exist.

 

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Bizarre Powerplants

When two engines are better then one – The Allison V-3420

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Allison V-3420

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Keeping up with the Jones during war time isn’t easy when they are the Germans and the British. We needed more power and we needed it now. So going with what we know we took two Allison V-1720’s and connected them together.

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