Bombers Nearly Twice Size of "Fortress" Planned for 500-a-month production program

Washington (Aviation Bureau):
Long-range heavy bombers nearly twice the size of the Flying Fortress type are to be included in the new program to bring heavy bomber production up to 500 a month. In addition to the Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24, two other ships are in the program — Boeing's B-29 and Consolidated's B-32, Little is known about these planes, which are still in the design stage, but they are believed to be in the 40-ton class (as compared with 25-28 tons for present four-engine equipment) and presumably will be powered with the 2,300-2,500-hp engines expected to be available next year.

Although production of these two ships is doubtless some time away, priorities have already been granted for the necessary materials, tools, and accessories. A third ship of this class which is believed to be unde consideration though it has no yet been definitely included in the program is the Lockheed B-49, a military version of the Constellation transport of which three are now being built for TWA.

For the present the forty-ton range seems to represent the largest size to be produced in quantity. Douglas' 70-ton B-19 is now being flight tested, but it is a long way from quantity production. Studies of the B-19 aim to learn about the aerodynamics of big ships and to explore its possible uses as a troop or tank carrier or as a sort of patrol ship analogous to the big Navy boats.

This news clip was originally published in the "Aviation News" column of the August, 1941, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 40, no 8, pp 133, 136.
The news clip includes a photo of the B-19.
Photo is not credited.

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Note: The B-49 reference above cannot be sustantiated. The B-49 designation ended up being assigned to Northrop's jet-powered Flying Wing bomber. The designation XB-30 was assigned to the Lockheed study for a superheavy bomber. The inhouse designation for the Constellation was L-49; that may be where the reference here came from.