XB-43 Jetmaster: The Weird History Of America’s First Jet Bomber

It could cruise at over 300 mph and it could hit 410mph during a dash. Considering that the aircraft could carry 8,000 lbs of weapons and had a range approaching 2,000 miles, the Mixmaster looked like it would become a huge success. But the tide of World War II was changing and the B-29 ended up being everything that it promised. Jet engine technology was emerging as the wave of the future, leaving little room for piston engine-based designs. This left the XB-42 without a production contract.

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