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When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:21 am 
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No Joke ...
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"In 1943, North American Aviation (NAA) created an internal design for an improved attack bomber that would provide the firepower of the B-25H but with substantially improved performance. This evolution of the B-25 line was intended as an alternative to the heavily-armed and delayed Douglas A-26B Invader. Power was to be provided by a pair of Pratt & Whitney R-2800 air-cooled radial engines housed inside low-drag cowlings and driving a pair of cuffed, four-blade propellers with spinners."

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:21 pm 
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Never seen those photos before, very cool.
Thanks for posting them, Mark


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I have to say I'm surprised no one tried a variation on this theme either for racing, or as a super executive ship back when B-25's were a dime a dozen.

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Would have been a good April fools joke.

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The drawing has a family resemblance to the NAA XB-28:
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Sad ending for it; reminds me of the one in 1960 that lost its wings on an air tanker run. Were there many cases of Mitchells during the war that had wing failures on pullout?

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The new issue of Air Classics magazine has an article on the NA-98X.

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Neat stuff. I'm always amazed at the sheer number of variations applied to the B-25 Airframe

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