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The B-45...USA's First Jet Bomber?

Fri Jul 27, 2001 2:08 am

Gentlemen...
Anyone here know anything about the B-45??
Such as who produced it, how many were built, did it see action during the Korean War, any survivors??
Any & all info is appreciated. I just now learn of its existence in an old issue of Air Classics, but the aritcle did not go into the specs. Now I'm wondering what did I miss here. Thanks & regards.
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RE: The B-45...USA's First Jet Bomber?

Fri Jul 27, 2001 4:38 am

The North American B-45 was the first jet bomber put into production. Designed and built in the late 1940's, it is an example from the era when the then new jet technology was still in its infancy.The B-45 was built by North American and was USAFs first four engined bomber to go into production, it was NOT, the first jet bomber. (USAF's first jet bomber was the Douglas XB-43, which was a conversion of the XB-42 with two general Eletric turbojets and never got past prototype stage) Approx, 139 B-45's were built for the USAF, 33 of them being reconnaissance versions that were fitted with 12 cameras and they saw action in Korea. The Tornado saw service for only ten years, from 1948 to 1958 and was meant as a replacement for the World War II B-25s and B-26s of the new Tactical Air Command




 
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RE: Flight152

Fri Jul 27, 2001 11:56 pm

Flight 152...
Much obliged to you, sir.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.
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RE: The B-45...USA's First Jet Bomber?

Sat Jul 28, 2001 7:08 am

The UK publication Air International November 1988 issue (I know its a long time ago), had an article on the B-45, photo's, line drawings, cutaway diagram and a brief history of the development and the operations of the Tornado.

See if you can get a hold of it!!!
 
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RE: The B-45...USA's First Jet Bomber?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 5:55 am

FlagshipAZ-
For more information and pictures see this website: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/bombers/b4/bomber4.htm
Here are a few good pictures:
Douglas XB-43 "Jetmaster" USAF's first all jet bomber.

B-45:

XB-45 Cutaway Drawing

Note in this picture it is about 20 feet high with landing gear retracted!

Takeoff

Droping bombs

Flightline photo

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