The "Defense" section of the "Aviation News" column in the March, 1940, issue included the following news clip, without photo:
The Army's new Consolidated bombardment plane, XB-24, has just made its initial flight at Lindbergh Field, San Diego. It is powered with four Pratt & Whitney 18-cylinder twin-row radial engines rated at 1200 hp each. Propellers are Hamilton Standard three-blade Hydromatic constant speed, 12' in diameter.
The XB-24 is a high-wing type, all-metal construction, full cantilever high aspect ratio, with tractor nacelles mounted flush to the upper surface of the center section. Fowler-type flaps extend inboard from the ailerons.