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Background of the main flexible unmarried engine propeller a/c each equipped. offers in-depth assurance of all variations either within & out. Over eighty B&W images plus 34 pgs of colour photographs & four pgs of colour profiles. eighty pages.

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This effort resulted in the YB-49, whose maiden flight took place in October 1947. The prototype broke many performance records, but proved difficult to control, with both original test aircraft destroyed in accidents. The program was eventually canceled. 16 Bomber R&D Since 1945: The Role of Experience wing design. (See Jones, 1980, pp. 153-165; Gunston, 1993, pp. )6 North American's B-45 eventually won a small production contract, while Convair's and Martin's programs were canceled after flight testing of the prototypes.

Bomber industrial base. S. heavy bombers during World War II. 3 Derived in part from extensive company-funded studies based on the XB-15 and B-17, Boeing's B-29 design beat out rival proposals from Consolidated, Lockheed, and Douglas in mid-1940. However, Consolidated's entry was deemed good enough to merit a prototype contract and was eventually developed and produced in small numbers as the B-32 Dominator. In 1941, the Army Air Corps selected another Consolidated design as the main follow-on to the B-29.

Eventually, the Seattle firm dropped the swing-wing design and adopted a delta-wing configuration like its competitors. But as time passed, mounting environmental objections to SST development and cost-growth problems fatally undermined the program. Congress ended funding in May 8 This account of Boeing's SST program is taken from Serling (1992, pp. 267-278).. 42 Bomber R&D Since 1945: The Role of Experience 1971, just as Boeing was about to begin cutting metal for the first prototype. The SST program is interesting because it appears to illustrate both the differences between bomber and commercial aircraft development and the importance of experience.

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