New Engines in Test Bomber

Installation of new, more powerful engines, turbosuperchargers and reversible-pitch propellers on the Douglas XB-19A, large experimental bomber, was recently revealed by Fisher Body Division of General Motors Corp.

The liquid-cooled engines are 2600-hp Allison 3420 power plants and are said to increase the bomber's power by 30%. The XB-19A, which has a 212' wing spread and is built to carry an 18-ton bomb load or 124 fully armed men, has been used by the Army for more than a year as a flying laboratory to provide a testing ground for improvement to equipment of AAF bombers now in combat.

This news clip was originally published in the March, 1945, issue of Industrial Aviation magazine, vol 2, no 3, p 84.
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