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Boeing Y1B-20
Role Heavy bomber
Manufacturer Boeing
First flight n/a
Status Cancelled
Primary user United States Army Air Forces
Number built 0
Developed from Boeing XB-15

The Boeing Y1B-20 (Boeing 316) was designed as an improvement on the Boeing XB-15 (Y1- indicates a funding source outside normal fiscal year procurement.) It was slightly larger than its predecessor, and was intended to use much more powerful engines. It was presented to the Army in early 1938, and two orders were placed soon after. The order was reversed before construction began.

Despite their cancellation, the XB-15 and Y1B-20 laid the groundwork for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.[1]

Specifications (as designed)Edit

General characteristics

  • Crew: 10
  • Length: 109 ft 2 in (33.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 157 ft 0 in (47.8 m)
  • Height: 23 ft 4 in (7.1 m)
  • Wing area: ft² (m²)
  • Empty weight: 87,500 lb (39,700 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 91,500 lb (41,500 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 105,100 lb (47,700 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Wright GR-2600-A73, 1,350 hp (1,000 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 258 mph (224 knots, 415 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 242 mph (210 knots, 389 km/h)
  • Range: 4,000 mi (3,500 nm, 6,400 km)
  • Power/mass: 0.059 hp/lb (97 W/kg)</ul>Armament
  • Guns:
    • 3× .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
    • 4× .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • Bombs: 17,600 lb (6,620 kg)
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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kohn, Leo. "Boeing XB-15 Super Flying Fortress: U.S. Heavy Bomber". In Ray Merriam. U. S. Warplanes of World War II. World War II Journal. 69. Merriam Press. pp. 43–44. ISBN 1-57638-167-6. 

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