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#AA-4059   1/144 scale  Boeing XB-59  Alternation of the Convair B-58 Hustler

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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74 resin parts

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Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 172 mm

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Length 261 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 May 1947, the U.S. War Department issued a requirement to the industries for a new jet-powered supersonic bomber that would be ready for service by the late 1950s. A number of contractors submitted bids. The USAF chose Convair XB-58 and Boeing XB-59 to proceed with a Phase-I study. The basic XB-59 was to be powered by four turbojet engines. The design called for four jets to be mounted inside the inboard wing -- two on each side. The landing gear was similar to the tandem main landing gear with wingtip outrigger design used on both the B-47 and B-52. The XB-59 contract was canceled in late 1952 after the USAF declared the Convair XB-58 the winner in the design competition. Neither the XB-58 or XB-59 was anywhere near the prototype construction phase, and the cancellation of the Boeing project was due in part to the expense of funding development of both projects through prototype flight testing and the growing belief by USAF senior staff officers that high-speed, high-altitude penetration was not going to be a viable offensive strategy during the projected initial operational capability in the early 1960s.

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Strategic medium bomber

Intended to fly at high altitudes and speeds to avoid Soviet fighters

81ft.4in.

123ft.4in.

25ft.5in.

4x General Electric J73-X24A Turbojet engine

1,200 mph

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14,200 lbs bomb load / 1x 30mm tail cannon

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Model References

The Boeing XB-59 package contents secret kits of three 1/144 U.S. aircrafts as bonus:

The Boeing XB-59 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