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#AA-4055   1/144 scale  Boeing XB-55  Propeller-driven version of the B-47 Stratojet

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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123 resin parts

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Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 285 mm

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Length 251 mm

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Unit price: US$78

Shipping charge: US$12

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In October 1947, the USAF announced the medium swept-wing bomber program with plans essentially using the new Allison T40-A2 turbprop engines design. It was estimated to give the new bomber a top speed of 490 mph. Boeing submitted the Model-474 design that was started as a replacement for the XB-47 Stratojet. In October 1948, Boeing received the contract to develop the new bomber  which designated XB-55. Over the next few years, the XB-55 program evolved into a paper study on a turbojet configuration. It did not withstand budget crunches of the late 1940s. By that time, production of the B-47A with accommodations to carry a nuclear bomb, and begun, and the Air Force instead decided to stay with the B-47B as its medium bomber. The XB-55 was cancelled in 1949. The turboprop engine was eventually tested on a USAF bomber when two B-47s were modified for Wright YT49 turboprops. The aircraft, designated XB-47D, were used to test the feasibility of using turboprops for bombers. This project was unsuccessful also, but did provide some valuable test data on the high speed performance of turboprop engines.

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Strategic medium bomber

To build an enlarged version of the B-47 design with turbines engines

135ft

118ft.11in.

33ft.8in.

4x Allison T40-A2 Turboprop engine

490 mph

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24,000 lbs bomb load / 12x 20mm machine gun

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Model References

The Boeing XB-55 package contents secret kits of three 1/144 U.S. aircrafts as bonus:

The Boeing XB-55 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. bomber

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Douglas XB-42 (XA-42) Mixmaster

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster

Boeing XB-44 (B-29D) Superfortress

North American B-45 Tornado

Convair XB-46

Boeing B-47 Startojet

Martin XB-48

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

Boeing B-50 Superfortress

Martin XB-51 (XA-45)

Boeing B-52 Startofortress

Convair XB-53 (XA-44)

Boeing B-54A Ultrafortress

Boeing XB-55

Boeing XB-56 (B-47C)

Martin B-57 Canberra

Convair B-58 Hustler

Boeing XB-59

Convair YB-60

Martin B-61A (TM-61) Matador

Northrop XB-62 (SM-62) Snark

Boeing B-63 (GAM-63) Rascal

North American XB-64 (SM-64) Navaho

Convair XB-65 (SM-65 / X-11 / X-12) Altas

Douglas B-66 (A-3) Destroyer

Radioplane XB-67 (GAM-67) Crossbow

Martin XB-68 (SM-68) Titan

Lockheed RB-69A (P2V-7U / SP-2H) Neptune

North American XB-70 Valkryie

Lockheed XB-71 (SR-71 / A-11 / YF-12A) Blackbird

Post war U.S. experimental aircraft