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Douglas XB-19

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From the Maxwell Air Force Base website (original image).
Type Heavy bomber
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft
Maiden flight 27 June 1941
Retired Scrapped in 1949
Status Experimental
Primary user U.S. Army Air Corps
Number built 1

The Douglas XB-19 was the largest bomber built for the United States Army Air Corps until 1946. It was originally given the designation XBLR-2 (XBLR- denoting Experimental Bomber, Long Range).

The purpose of the XB-19 project was to test the flight characteristics and design techniques associated with giant bombers. Douglas Aircraft Company strongly wanted to cancel the project, because it was extremely expensive. Despite advances in technology that made the XB-19 obsolete before it was even completed, the Army Air Corps felt that the prototype would be useful for testing. Its construction took so long that competition for the contracts to make the XB-35 and XB-36 occurred two months before its first flight.

The plane finally flew on June 27 1941, more than three years after the construction contract was awarded. In 1943, the original Wright R-3350 engines were replaced with Allison V-3420-11 V engines. After completion of testing, the XB-19 served as a cargo carrier until it was scrapped in 1949.

Specifications (XB-19A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 18
  • Length: 132 ft 2 in (40.2 m)
  • Wingspan: 212 ft 0 in (64.6 m)
  • Height: 42 ft 9 in (13.0 m)
  • Wing area: 4,492 ft² (417 m²)
  • Empty weight: 140,230 lb (63,500 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 158,930 lb (72,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 164,000 lb (74,400 kg)
  • Powerplant:Allison V-3420-11 V24 engines, 2,600 hp (1,940 kW) each



  • Guns:
    • 5× .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
    • 6× .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
    • 2× 37 mm (1.42 in) cannon
  • Bombs: 18,700 lb (8,480 kg)

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