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The Martin XB 51 Was An Unusual Ground Attack Plane , And One Of The Most Highly ...

The Martin XB 51 Was An Unusual Ground Attack Plane , And One Of The Most Highly ...

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Description: The Martin XB 51 was an unusual ground attack plane , and one of the most highly advanced aircraft at the time of its first flight in 1949 Two jet engines were carried in pods near the nose and a third was buried aft under the tail The pilot could vary the thin wings angle of incidence in the air , making takeoffs and landings easier The variable incidence wing allowed a very long fuselage which carried two bomb bays , all fuel tanks , and the bicycle style landing gear Spoilers on each wing replaced conventional ailerons , allowing the use of full span flaps for safer landings The XB 51 was fast , maneuverable , and delightful to fly , but it lost an acquisition competition to the British designed B 57 Canberra The sister ship to the plane in the photo was destroyed in a crash on the dry lake bed in May 1952

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