Martin XB-51 Experimental Bomber
XB-51 was the Glenn L. Martin Company's response to the U. S. Air Force's request for jet-powered attack bomber designs to replace prop-driven aircraft. Martin's design was quite unique, employing three turbojet engines, bicycle-style landing gear (with outriggers under the wingtips), eight 20mm nose-mounted cannon, and a rotating bomb bay. While manuverable, very fast for its time (over 600 knots top speed), and very well armed, it was not developed past the experimental stage. Only two examples were made, and neither exist today.
Fun Fact: One of the two planes "starred" in the movie Into the Unknown, a film in which William Holden plays a test pilot who flies the dangerous "Gilbert XF-120" (played by the XB-51). Unfortunately, that plane (S/N 46-685) crashed on take off from El Paso International Airport on March 25th, 1956 and was destroyed. The "Gilbert XF-120" markings were on the plane at the time it crashed since it was being flown to Eglin AIr Force Base, in Florida, for use during filming of the movie.
My illustration of both of the XB-51s is presented as a signed, open-edition 20 x 30 format print on heavy weight, low-sheen paper. A great gift for anyone who is a fan of vintage military aviation or unusual-looking experimental aircraft.
My illustration of both of the XB-51s is presented as a signed, open-edition 20 x 30 format print on heavy weight, low-sheen paper. A great gift for anyone who is a fan of vintage military aviation or unusual-looking experimental aircraft. It's ready to frame and enjoy!
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